Parenting is perhaps the hardest job in the world and it is even harder because there is no pay, no on- the-job training and you’re always on the clock! The most successful parents know that good parenting is no accident and it’s not necessarily a trait that we’re born with. Good parents go out of their way to learn effective parenting techniques, such as some of the ones you are going to be reading right here.
If you bring a small child along on your travels, try to eat and go to bed at about the same time he does at home. Travel can be stressful for everyone, but it is particularly difficult for children, especially infants. Maintaining bedtime rituals will allow your child to feel comfortable and help ensure that he or she gets plenty of much-needed sleep.
As a parent, possibly the most important thing you can do for your children is provide them with a moral compass. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to instill a particular set of religious values, but make sure they have a clear sense of right and wrong. Children with a solid moral grounding are more likely to grow into adults you can be proud of.
When breastfeeding, do not try to feed the baby on a strict schedule. Letting the baby eat when he is hungry will allow your supply and the baby’s hunger to develop as needed. If you try to feed him at a set time, he will not suck as hard and your body will not respond with letting down your milk. Your baby knows when he is hungry so follow his cues.
Eat dinner with your family as often as you can. Eating dinner with your children encourages healthy eating habits. It also allows you a chance to re-connect as a family, to discuss what went on during the day. When you eat together as a family, you know where your children are and what they’re doing in the evenings, which makes it easier to curtail or control destructive behaviors.
It is important that you recognize the signs that your child is ready to start using the toilet. By pushing them to use it when they are not ready, you can actually delay the whole process. Some signs of readiness include having regular bowel movements, staying dry for at least two consecutive hours, and coming out and asking to use the potty.
Make sure to wait at least 3 to 4 weeks before introducing a baby to the bottle. Doing so earlier can confuse the baby and it will reduce your milk supply for breastfeeding. Women’s bodies produce milk based on the demand. So, the more often that you supplement with a bottle, the less milk you will produce.
Good parents have to work hard at what they do and knowing what to do, doesn’t always come naturally and situations involving children are always changing, as they go through important milestones and gain new skills. Strategies that work at one age many not work at another and education on effective parenting techniques is key.