Parenting is a multifaceted responsibility. We are charged with everything from the most mundane of tasks such as insuring our children keep their room clean, to tasks that could challenge a five star general. Sometimes simply breaking those tasks down into clearly understandable components can help us accomplish them with ease.
Eat dinner with your family as often as you can. Eating dinner with your children encourages healthy eating habits. It also allows you a chance to re-connect as a family, to discuss what went on during the day. When you eat together as a family, you know where your children are and what they’re doing in the evenings, which makes it easier to curtail or control destructive behaviors.
A great parenting tip is to let your child make their own decisions sometimes. When you always make decisions for your child, they’ll grow up being incapable of making their own decisions. This can really hurt them in the long run. Give your child a little independence sometimes.
An effective way to stop a tantrum is to ignore it, as difficult as it may be for you. Children usually throw tantrums to get attention. If you stand next to a child while he is throwing a fit, you are giving him an audience and he will have no incentive to stop. Just make sure that the child is in an area where he will not hurt himself and leave him alone. When he sees that his tantrum is not getting a rise out of you, he will eventually stop.
Using win/win negotiating strategies to help resolve the every day disputes that often arise between siblings can go a long way to help reduce fighting. When children quarrel, focus on trying to help them see that there is a solution that will get everyone’s needs met. Ask for their suggestions first and then offer more of your own.
As kids get to be older, they can still have the same difficulty in calming down as they had when they were small babies. You can provide them with a place to calm themselves by throwing a blanket over a table to give them a safe cocoon type place to regroup.
Save yourself a step for the midnight awakenings. You just have to put some diaper ointment inside the diaper before you put her bedtime diaper on her. It will make it so you can skip the step of rubbing the ointment on your baby overnight. This one step will get you back to your bed a bit quicker.
For toddlers who are picky about their meals, add vegetables that have a strong flavor. Adding a cup of finely shredded carrots to spaghetti sauce or pizza sauce is undetectable, as is mixing yogurt into mashed potatoes. Both methods get your toddler much needed vitamins and nutrients without them even knowing it.
Clearly identifying what it is that we expect from our children and how we envision them meeting those expectations is an indispensable component of parenting. This article strives to help us do just that. The goal is to enhance the relationship between a parent and children while still accomplishing parental responsibilities.