Having your own child is one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. What follows is some tried and true advice to guide you through the maze of bringing up a child.
Stick with your child’s established eating and sleeping schedule as best you can when you are traveling with him or her. Traveling can be scary and stressful for young children. However, if you follow their normal bedtime ritual no matter where you are, they are likely to have no problems sleeping.
It doesn’t matter how much you love your children, eventually you will need a break. Drawing and enforcing this boundary allows you to maintain your individuality while still being an excellent parent.
Preschool children often have difficulty in dealing with transitions. If they are pulled away from something too soon, it can trigger a melt down.
It is important for parents to stop themselves from trying too hard to influence which colleges their children select. When teens feel they are being overly controlled, they tend to go in the opposite direction, sometimes out of rebellion.
When a child walks to school, no matter their age, they should have reflective strips on their backpacks or clothing. You can find reflective material that can easily be applied with Velcro strips to any surface. This is so your child is more noticeable to crossing guards and drivers, especially earlier on in the morning.
Never smoke in the house if you are a parent. Even better, consider quitting altogether. Secondhand smoke can cause just as many problems as smoking yourself. Second-hand smoke exposure can lead to asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory problems for children.
Each child has different needs and expectations. Successful techniques with one child might not work at all on another. That is the case with rewards, and punishments as well. Even so, keep track of what methods have worked well for you.
When you travel with young children or toddlers, bring along some comfort items. Your child may become distressed if you take them somewhere new. Having your child’s favorite blanket or toy will let them have some familiarity in the new setting and make them more comfortable.
If you are marrying someone who has dependent children, know that the stepchildren probably won’t warm up to you right away. Many kids are resentful that their parents are not together. By taking it slow and not rushing a relationship, your stepchild and you will slowly learn to get along with each other.
Use this advice to become the best parent possible. Remember that parenthood is different from one family to another. There is no perfect way to parent. After reading these tips, find which ones work best, and try them out. Bringing Up A Child is a rewarding time for you, and childhood is an exciting, productive period in your child’s life; make sure to enjoy your time together because they do grow up quickly.