Goal delineation is an inescapable task of parenthood. We delineate goals to achieve even the simplest of tasks. We also delineate them for the more complex tasks. This article will provide several tips that will prove invaluable in helping achieve those goals, and in some cases at least, even delineate them.
When you have an infant, it is important that you keep an eye on your child at all times. At this stage in their life they cannot take care of themselves. Without keeping an eye on them they could get away with something that could injure them or possible kill them. For example,they could put something in their mouths and obstruct their esophagus.
Sometimes, unpleasant disciplinary actions must be handed down. “First, feelings; then discipline,” is a highly effective approach that begins with a positive statement that acknowledges the child’s feelings (right or wrong) and then explains your reason for setting the disciplinary consequences. This can help reduce the levels of resentment following the action.
If you have trouble getting your child to not do something, it is generally best to specifically instruct them to do something else. For example, if you do not want your child to run down the stairs, instead of stating “don’t run,” it is better to state “please walk down the stairs.” When told not to do something, a child is more likely to instinctively ignore the instruction. Also, it avoids situations where the child might decide to be clever and jump down the stairs instead.
Read to your child often. Reading benefits your child in countless ways. Aside from the obvious entertainment value a child receives from hearing a wonderful story, studies show that from a very early age, a child’s vocabulary is boosted by leaps and bounds simply from hearing words being read to him. This helps to increase his success in school and in communication with others throughout his lifetime.
When buying toys for children, stay away from video games. Instead, purchase educational toys for them. This way your child will be entertained while learning. Getting education toys is especially helpful for children that will be entering kindergarten. This will prepare them for the things they will be taught in school.
Buying toys at yard sales is a great way to save money on toys your kids will only use for a little while. While most toys are okay second-hand, stay away from buying second-hand cribs. Many of the old cribs have the drop-down style, which has been proved to cause injury and death to newborns. So while its alright to stock up on books and blocks, steer clear of the cribs.
When things get tough while caring for a fussy or colicky baby, never be afraid to put the baby down in the crib or bassinet while you leave the room for a couple of minutes. Crying will not hurt your child, and you can take a much-needed break to regroup or call someone for help or support.
By delineating goals we provide direction not just for our children but also for us. Simply knowing how to delineate a goal is insufficient. We must also know how to go about achieving that goal. This article should prove invaluable in teaching us how to do both. Goals are meaningless unless we know how to attain them.