Being a parent is hard work but it does have great rewards. Children are our best chance to make a difference in the world. What they become depends on how they are raised, taught and the opportunities they are given. They depend on their parents for everything for the first dozen years of their life.
If you have two or more children in the house, enlist the help of older siblings to care for the younger ones. Older siblings can help with playtime and can even monitor bath times (depending on their age). If you have a teenager and a young child, you might also be able to benefit from lower cost babysitting and teach your older child some responsibility in the process.
Praise your children often! If you ‘catch’ your child doing an appropriate behavior, tell him how proud you are. Children love positive words and praise. Hearing kind words will help your child to feel good about himself and will cause him to continue trying to do good things to receive more praise.
Consider teaching a young toddler or older infant signing. Even if you don’t use special “baby sign”, toddlers will have an easier time communicating with their hands than with their words. This is an especially useful technique if you have a toddler with a language delay, as it provides them with a channel for communication.
It is important that you properly discipline your toddler when they bite you or someone else. Letting them get away with biting will just make them think it is okay. To show your toddler that you mean business, firmly tell them they cannot bite or take away their favorite toy.
As you buckle your child into his or her car seat, you should check to ensure that the shoulder straps are snug – not tight enough to cause red marks or indentations, but not loose enough that the child could wiggle out of the harness. To check whether or not the shoulder restraints are too loose or tight, try to pinch the straps together above the buckle. You should not be able to pinch them together.
A great parenting tip is to do everything you can to boost your child’s confidence. The one and only goal of a parent is to instill confidence in their child. Without instilling enough confidence, children can go through life feeling worthless and feeling like they’ll never measure up.
A great parenting tip is to never blab to your child’s siblings or other people when your child divulges a secret to you. Not being able to keep a secret is a surefire way to lose your child’s trust. Unless the secret requires intervening, you should just keep it between you and your child.
Even though most parents work hard to give their children everything they need, sometimes it is not enough. I have two children and four grandchildren and believe the one thing children need from their parents is to know they are loved. Just giving them material things is not enough.