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.
The most important thing to remember while disciplining your children is consistency. Parenting during the terrible-two’s can be challenging, for both little one and adult. At this stage children like to push the limits of what is and is not allowed. Make sure that you set clear boundaries and are consistent with your time-outs so children know what is expected of them.
To become a better parent, give yourself a break from time to time. Everyone needs a little adult only time and allowing yourself to enjoy it will make you a better parent. This time just for yourself will help to alleviate stress, and make you feel like a more well rounded individual.
Have a daily routine or schedule as much as possible. Most children prefer routine, as it means they know what will be coming next. Surprises can be fun, but not every day. Having a basic schedule for activities, mealtimes, and naps, and a more detailed schedule for bedtime can help your child remain calm and focused throughout their day.
When training your child to use the potty, buy them underwear with their favorite cartoon character on it. Children always do better with encouragement. By letting them wear these kind of underwear, they will feel better about using the potty because they do not want to have an accident in their “special” underwear.
Getting into an argument with your child is never fun, and when emotions are flying high, it can be easy to lose your cool and say things that you regret. When you feel yourself getting very upset, give yourself permission to take a time out. Walk out of the room, take a short walk, read a book – give yourself a chance to calm down.
Preschool children often have a hard time with change. In many cases, shifting between projects or tasks can be so upsetting that your child may even wind up in tears.
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.
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.