People have been parenting for a long time and as a species we’ve gotten pretty good at it. But nobody is born with the skills and knowledge to raise happy, healthy children; we all have to learn those things. Sometimes we can all use tips like the ones below, from people who have been there before.
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.
Try not get your child into the habit of eating fast food frequently. They are going to think this okay, and fast food is very unhealthy. Instead, take them to places that serve healthier foods, such as salads, and sandwiches. When you can, try to make your child a homemade meal.
Even though you may get tired of your mother’s advice, you should always listen to what she says. Remember that she has, at the very least, raised you so she does have some previous experience. Also know when it is time to tell your relatives to back off a little. Advice is welcome, commands shouldn’t be.
Do not let your children gang up on you. If you are a typical couple than once you reach three children they will already outnumber you and your spouse. One good technique to avoid this is to have confrontations with children one and one. This prevents the giggles from setting in and you are able to maintain your authority.
Make sure to give your twins time with you that they don’t have to share. All too often twins are thought of as one complete unit. They are separate people and they need time to discover who they are on their own. Make time each week to take one twin to the park or the store with you.
A great parenting tip is to make your child earn the money you give them. A simple way of doing this is to offer them an allowance if they do some work around the house. This will teach them some work ethic and also the value of working for their money.
Giving firm and clear instructions can help when you have trouble getting a child to listen to you. Asking your child to do something generally gets poorer results than when you firmly tell them to do something. For example, a common problem that many parents have is getting their child to brush their teeth at night. Asking the child to brush their teeth is not going to be as successful as telling them it is time to brush their teeth.
Anybody who has kids has a lot to learn, but that doesn’t mean you need to reinvent the wheel every time. Suggestions like the ones in this article let you learn from other parents’ successes (and their mistakes!) to make the toughest, most rewarding job you’ll ever do just a bit easier.