If you know what you are doing, parenting can be the best part of your life. The piece that follows contains great tips on getting the most out of the experience of parenting and making the process run smoothly.
Parenting is one of the hardest jobs there is. You will want to remain firm with your children, but it is just as important to be fair, honest and, most importantly, consistent. Once you have a good handle on these concepts, then you have a good foundation for effective parenting techniques.
For children who have a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep, it is advised that you do not allow them to nap. Napping will make them less tired when it comes to bedtime. Instead, let them go to sleep at an early hour even if it means that they will wake up earlier.
When trying to potty train your child, it is advised that you give them a reward each time they successfully use the toilet. This reward can be their favorite food or candy, a sticker, or anything else they enjoy. By doing this, they will be encouraged to consistently use the potty.
Having a picky eat can be very difficult at times. Make sure you are offering them plenty of different foods. Also make sure to serve their favorite foods often as long as they are healthy. Have them at least try one bite before they decide not to have any of it.
Many parents of twins purchase multiple cribs when they are putting together the nursery only to find out that their babies want to sleep together. Don’t buy two cribs until after you have had the babies. Some babies however will never be able to fall asleep if in the same crib. Find out which type of children you have before making the investment in a new crib. If you do want to buy it early, make sure they have a good return policy just in case.
Want your child to have a large vocabulary? Talk to her! Studies show that parents who spend significant amounts of time talking with their children about everyday events have children with larger vocabularies than their peers whose parents spend less time talking to them. So turn off the TV, put down your book, and start a conversation!
Positive parenting is a great practice to follow because it allows for structure and discipline for the child. Parents that practice positive parenting methods focus on the good things that their child is doing rather than the negative. By doing this, parents build up the self esteem of their child, as well as promote a positive environment for everyone.
Do not resort to yelling if your child has done something wrong or made you mad. Yelling does nothing but make your child fear you. Instead, lower yourself to their eye level and in a firm voice, explain to them what they did wrong and why they cannot do it again.
Parenting isn’t a 24 hour job. Being included into a child’s life requires a level of moderation when it comes to how immersed a parent is. When children are young they require a lot of attention, but as they grow up it’s wiser to let them mature on their own. Often the children who have the least amount of social skills are the ones who have most of their decisions decided for them by others, namely their parents.
Once in a while, give your young child the option to do extra chores for a little money that he can use for anything he likes. The amount of money does not really matter, but this will teach him the fact that money can be earned by working for it, and that he can save it to buy something he likes. Having his own money will give him a sense of empowerment.
When you are planning outside activities with young children equip them with miniature first aid kits of band-aids, mosquito repellent wipes, and sunscreen. This will save you many frustrations having to run back to the camp, house or your vehicle for a band-aid for even the most inconsequential boo boo.
If you have a difficult or especially demanding toddler, consider part-time daycare center or nursery school. These options allow you maintain most of the control in raising your child, but still get them out of the house.