Parenting can be the most rewarding task you will ever undertake. It does not come without its set of challenges though, and those challenges can sometimes lead to stress, exhaustion, and even anger. So how do you get through the day to day tasks involved in parenting without losing your mind? Let’s look at some simple tips that can help.
Make time to play with your children every single day. Playtime helps get you and your children moving, which benefits your health. Playing also encourages creativity, social interaction, imagination, and good self-esteem. Active play is better than passive, so take your kids to the park or even just the yard and let loose your inner child.
Do not allow your own mood to interfere with consistent disciplinary approaches for your children. Even if you are tired or feeling irritable, you should not deliver an uncommonly harsh (or uncommonly lax) disciplinary action. Failure to consistently use the same method creates an impression of flexibility and “wiggle room” that can greatly compromise the effectiveness of your rule-setting.
A great parenting tip is to not spoil your child. If you give your child too much money or all the latest things, they’ll start attracting the wrong friends. Kids will start to use your child. You want your child’s friends to like him or her for their personality, not just for their money or cool stuff.
Establish a relaxing, fun bedtime routine to help ensure your child a good night’s sleep. When a child is having fun playing, or excited about what he is doing, it’s a real mood-buster to hear the dreaded words, “Bedtime. Right now!” Instead, try to wind down the evening with a 15 minute warning, followed by a bedtime snack, tooth-brushing, or maybe a few minutes of cuddling on the couch. An interesting, funny, or happy bedtime story is the perfect end to your child’s routine, as it gives him some alone time with you and helps him relax on his way to dreamland!
Many parents these days are not getting all the shots necessary for their child. In fact, according to a recent study, more than 1 in 10 children are not getting their shots. A part of the reason for this is that many parents grew up without any significant interaction with the diseases that children need to get shots for. They also believe that because other children are getting the shots, their child will be protected through herd immunity. However, this is just a false sense of security because these diseases can be life threatening. It is incredibly important that parents listen to their pediatrician and get their kids their shots.
Parenting is a rewarding and amazing experience, but not one without frustrations. As we have discussed in this article, exhaustion and stress are a regular part of parenting, but they do not have to be an all consuming part. With a little help from the tips provided you can be a better parent and a happier individual.