Do you ever feel overwhelmed during a busy day and wonder how your parents did it? New parents have a lot to learn, but even experienced moms and dads can benefit from a little advice from time to time. This article provides a few helpful tips for dealing with common parenting problems.
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.
To strengthen the bond between you and your child, and to help enhance their cognitive development, turn off the television! Limit their tv watching to special occasions – children who spend very little time watching tv are more socially competent, more academically competent, and more creative and imaginative than their television-watching peers.
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.
Tell your friends and family that you plan to breastfeed and educate them as to why. Let them know that you will have moments of stress and doubt and that they should help remind you of why you are doing this. If you provide family and friends a list of reasons why they will be much more likely to encourage and support you when things get hard.
Never administer medication to your child for any “off-label” conditions unless the child’s doctor has given you specific written instructions to do so. Children do not always react to medication in the same way adults do. For instance, giving a child Benadryl to help induce sleep might actually have the opposite effect of hyperactivity.
Don’t smoke at home when you have kids. Even better, quit smoking. Secondhand smoke can be just as terrible as smoking itself. Second-hand smoke exposure can lead to asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory problems for children.
A great parenting tip is to do everything you can to boost your child’s confidence. The one and only goal of a parent is to instill confidence in their child. Without instilling enough confidence, children can go through life feeling worthless and feeling like they’ll never measure up.
Be sure to take some time away from your children. This is good for you but also for them. It allows you to have some grownup time but also teaches your children how to be more independent. If you are going to leave for more than an hour be sure they know when you will return.
We all know that parenting can be a stressful job, especially in today’s hectic world. It’s hard to know what is the right (or wrong) way to do things. Try out the suggestions in this article to benefit from the experience of other parents who are raising successful, happy children.