What You Need To Know About Parenting
Sometimes being a parent can feel like a challenge or a mystery. You do not have to worry unduly about it, though. No one is born with a complete, innate set of parenting skills. Learning how to raise your kids is a natural part of the process. Here are some tips for being a better parent.
Taking the time to read to your child is old-fashioned, but its benefits are proven. Besides providing some of the one-on-one time that can be so rare for the modern parent, reading aloud encourages an appreciation for storytelling and language. This translates into real benefits in school, as your child has a step up on learning reading and writing skills.
If your child seems to go through outfits like crazy because they are spitting up on them, don’t throw out the stained shirts and bodysuits. Instead, give them new life by tie dying or decorating them. It will make for a cute new outfit while also keeping them out of the landfill.
When you see something that your child has done well, be specific with your praise. For example, a general praise like “Good job!” sometimes is not as effective as saying “You did a great job putting away all those toys.” When you are specific with your description, your child will remember that and will repeat the same good behavior in the future.
In disciplining your teen, it is important to follow through with your threats. For instance, if you take away television from your teen as a punishment, be sure to follow through with enforcing this. Otherwise, they will see your threats as idle and having no meaning, and you will lose any control over them.
Let your baby cry it out. Do this between about four and six months to see the most success. Crying it out is a way of teaching your baby to sleep through the night. It shows them that Mom and Dad will not run to them every time they make a peep. This method is difficult for a couple of days, but the long term gain is worth it.
If you have multiple children, keeping up with all of their prescriptions can be quite a challenge. Walgreens and other chain pharmacies offer iPhone and smart phone apps that allow you to scan the bar code on your child’s prescription medication and access information on fill dates, directions and refill status.
It is just as important for children as it is for parents to have time away from each other. This can be for an evening or for a weekend. Make use of helpful grandparents who want to give you a break. Even if you do not feel like you need a break from your child, you do. Keep both of you thriving by taking little breaks from each other. It is healthy.
When you review helpful parenting advice like that above, you are doing a great service to your children and yourself. You make parenting less work and more fun. Self-education takes the mystery and the challenge out of parenting. What you are left with is the exciting adventure – the happy and heart-warming task of bringing your kids up well.