No one ever said that being a parent was easy. Certainly not other parents. If you need a little advice, some tips, ideas or suggestions on how to handle your kids of any age you came to the right place. Keep reading for ideas on how you can be a better parent.
Spend time with your children. While there has been a movement in recent years for parents to focus on “quality time” with their children, most children simply want “quantity time”. Even if you’re not doing anything, your child enjoys being around you – savor it. In addition, spending time interacting with young children is vital to their intellectual development.
Being around your children a lot can be very stressful. Make sure you take time out for you. Plan a dinner date with a good friend, go for a long walk to go to the movies by yourself. That little time away will be enough for your to recharge and be the best parent you can be.
Learn the signs of a baby on a nursing strike. Many parents experience a nursing strike and take that to mean that the baby is ready to wean. Actually babies go through periods where they are just less interested in breastfeeding in general. Babies do this generally when they are going through large developmental leaps. Just keep offering and they will come back to normal feeding rhythms.
Sometimes, the best reaction is no reaction at all. When your child throws a temper tantrum or fit, remain calm. Do not try to bribe him or her to behave, but also avoid making irritated or caustic remarks with the intention of threatening or shaming the child. Instead, continue speaking normally, getting chores done and addressing the child, as if he or she was not acting up.
If your child has been making frequent trips to the school nurse, only to be sent back because there is no apparent illness, he or she may be trying to avoid a classroom bully. Ask your child if he or she is having problems with a classmate; you can also directly contact your child’s teacher to determine whether there may be a troublesome conflict between another student and your child.
When treating common children’s cold and flu symptoms, always check the active ingredients in his or her medications whether it is an over-the-counter or prescription medicine. These products contain multiple ingredients that are commonly found in a number of medications. Rather than risk an overdose, it is safest to use only one medication unless otherwise directed by a pediatrician.
It is important to establish realistic, achievable goals for your teenager. If your teen has a hard time with math, be sure to work with your teen to overcome obstacles and to establish goals that are reasonable. If you set goals that are not realistic, the teen will become frustrated and not work at all.
Being a parent has its fair share of rewards. When you see your child make the right choice or take someone else’s feelings into consideration above their own, you beam with pride. Take the time to use some of these suggestions and have an easier time raising your little ones into amazing adults.