There is no manual or guide that can tell you the proper way to be a parent, because every child is different and should be treated as such. Although that is true, there are some great tips you can employ to make parenting a much easier job than it has been.
If you have more than one child, it is important that you pay the same amount of attention to all of them, no matter what their ages are. You do not want one child to be neglected– this could cause them to show resentment toward you when they get older.
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.
Childproofing your home is more important than you may think. The number one cause in death of children is accidents, many of which could have been prevented if the parent had childproofed their home. Even if you think your child is old enough to know better, keep these safety measures in your home.
Preschoolers often have a difficult time with transitions. Quickly changing from one activity to the next can cause stress and may result in a temper tantrum.
Do not put work above your child. Of course it is necessary to work in order to support yourself and your family, but if you are never around, your child is going to feel like you are a stranger, which will make them not want to trust you or be close to you.
Here’s a cool tip for parents of twin babies: Paint your baby twins’ toenails to help tell them apart. As infants, even fraternal twins can look so alike that it can be impossible to know who is who, especially when you are sleep deprived. Assign a color of nail polish to each child and paint just one toenail of each to keep straight who is who!
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.
Of course you want to bundle your little one up all toasty-warm in the winter, but be careful not to over-heat her. As parents, we tend to want to layer our kids to death every time they step out into the cold weather. Keep in mind how warm you would be, stuck in a car seat in long-johns, sweatpants, and a snowsuit. Although this may be proper attire for sledding, it might be a bit much for a ride to grandmas in the heated car.
While this is all great advice, some of these methods may not work with your children. That does not mean to give up. It just means that you should switch gears and try to find the methods that will help you to be the best parent your child could possibly have.