As a parent, you can often feel that you are helpless, talking to a wall of brick. This article has some helpful advice for any parent who wants to enjoy the process of being a parent their child.
Ask your child to lay on your kitchen counter and wash his or her hair in the sink. This can help many toddlers who fear having water poured on their head or don’t like their head being dunked in the water.
If you are traveling with a young child, stick with a sleep and meal schedule that is consistent with the one you use at home. Young ones and babies will feel the stress of travel more than you realize. To assist your child in feeling comfortable while traveling and ensure that all members of your party get a good night’s sleep, be sure to observe established bedtime rituals.
Your children need your attention, but you deserve some time for yourself, also. This helps you be yourself and a great parent too.
It is a well known fact that each child in a family will be different. If a technique worked on your first child, you may find it is useless on the second. That is the case with rewards, and punishments as well. Remember what approaches you have tried that worked well, despite this.
Setting concise ground rules for behavior that are enforced with polite
phrases can work well at harmonizing your family. Rather than saying “no hitting” try “touch gently” and see if this doesn’t encourage more constructive measures of interaction.
Sometimes you will neglect yourself when caring for your children, but you need to be a priority sometimes as well. You will find that some time set aside each day for relaxation will give you the energy you need to be a better parent. The entire family will be much happier.
If you are taking a road trip with toddlers or very young children, you must be willing to make frequent stops. This helps to avoid boredom, irritability and frustration. Although it might seem like getting to your destination quickly is the best decision, taking things slow and recognizing the needs of everyone in the vehicle can really salvage the trip. Restaurants, parks and rest stops that have areas where your children can play, are ideal places to stop to let them run around a bit before continuing the journey.
It is important to realize that stepchildren do not always like their new stepparent right away. If you are becoming a stepparent soon, it is important to keep this in your thoughts at all times. The child may still have dreams that his parents will get back together. Take your time and don’t rush things, so that any stepchildren can take their time getting to know you and feeling comfortable with you.
Take junk food out of the house. This will help encourage your family to eat healthier. Without junk food in the house, your children are far less likely to beg for it. Only allow your children to eat junk food on special occasions.
You need to recognize that some children aren’t outgoing. Some children are very shy and that is okay. If you believe your child avoids contact with others, then there is cause for concern. If they seem more withdrawn than normal, it might be an idea to visit the pediatrician, just in case there are any underlying issues that are causing them to behave this way.
Learn to enjoy this precious time of being a parent as you apply what you have learned here. It is a lot of work to be parent but it is also very gratifying to see you children grow up.