Mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, cousins and best friends has an idea about how you should be a parent. While advice from other parents can be useful, it’s a lot easier to digest when you’re not being commanded to act! Read below for some advice from parents who’ve been there, but are not telling you what to do.
Need a break from parenting but can’t afford a babysitter? Give a play date a try. A well set up play date will give your child some extra socialization and stimulation. In addition, you’ll get to enjoy some adult time with the other parents who are present.
Make sure that your child is getting enough sleep each night. If they do not get enough sleep, they tend to lose focus throughout the day, which could prevent them from doing school work and other activities. Try not to let them eat or drink anything sugary for at least a few hours before bedtime.
Instead of buying a baby bath tub, just use the kitchen sink. The kitchen sink is the perfect size and depth to bathe your young child in. It’s also a great height so you won’t end up with a sore back after bath time. When your child outgrows the kitchen sink, they’ll likely be ready to move on to the regular bath tub.
Prepare your child for a lifetime of safe street-crossing behavior. Always hold hands, look both ways, and then look both ways again when crossing a street or walking across a parking lot. Starting early will instill the importance of this responsible in your child, keeping them safe and sound as they walk to school or accompany you to the store.
If you are having difficulty giving your toddler their medicine, try mixing it with chocolate syrup. This will make your child want to take their medicine instead of putting up a fight. You can also try placing OTC medications in the refrigerator. Your toddler will have a hard time distinguishing the taste of the cold liquid, making them more likely to take it without fussing.
Invest in swaddling blankets for your babies. Swaddling replicates the feeling of security that a baby had in the womb. For a newborn, this may be one of the only ways that they will feel comfortable enough to sleep. You can search online for videos on techniques for a proper baby swaddling.
Lead by example. Don’t spank your kids for hitting, it makes absolutely no sense. Your kids look up to what you do more than anything else. Show them the kind of person you want them to be. The more you act out what you are saying, the more they will believe that you are doing the right thing.
You should take the advice above and merge it all into a parenting encyclopedia in your mind. It’s great to look at situations others have dealt with to see what you can learn from them. It will make you a much better parent just for caring enough to want to learn!