Learning how to be a good parent is a process. For a lot of us parenting doesn’t come naturally. Everyone is scared of making mistakes when it comes to being the one responsible for a new life. While no one has all the answers, these tips should help you on your way.
When you’re out an about, make sure you introduce your child to anyone you meet. This helps their self-esteem and gets them used to meeting new people. If you don’t introduce your child, you make them feel invisible and ignored. It’s important that your child feel loved and like they’re part of the family.
It is important that you recognize the signs that your child is ready to start using the toilet. By pushing them to use it when they are not ready, you can actually delay the whole process. Some signs of readiness include having regular bowel movements, staying dry for at least two consecutive hours, and coming out and asking to use the potty.
Sometimes, unpleasant disciplinary actions must be handed down. “First, feelings; then discipline,” is a highly effective approach that begins with a positive statement that acknowledges the child’s feelings (right or wrong) and then explains your reason for setting the disciplinary consequences. This can help reduce the levels of resentment following the action.
If you cannot seem to get your child to take his medicine when he is sick, try adding the medicine to a spoonful of chocolate syrup. It will be like they are eating a bit of candy instead of the medicine that will make them feel better. Everyone will feel better.
Look into the latest in baby monitors for your little one. You can program these new gadgets to call your smart phone whenever there is any kind of noise in your baby’s room. It is a great way to get a bit of work done while you baby naps, and get the alert that your baby wants you when she wakes.
Make sure you’re encouraging good habits from the beginning. Whether it’s hygiene or behavioral habits, you want to encourage your child to learn the right behaviors right from the start. It’s much easier to teach a child good habits right away than to try and get them to unlearn habits to learn different ones.
Give your children a big hug as often as possible, and remind them that you love them. No matter how angry they make you, or how badly they mess up your home, they’re still your kids, and they will be forever. They will grow up to be well-adjusted adults as long as they know they’ve been loved.
When dealing with other parents, don’t assume that all households raise their children in the same manner. Home life can change from family to family and the expectation of one nuclear unit isn’t always the right path. Many divergent lifestyles exist out there, whether due to religion, personal moral beliefs, or traditional methods of raising their children.
These tips only cover a fraction of the issues involved with parenting. You could read every baby book in the world and you would still be left with questions. All you can do is read what you can, listen to people’s advice and see what works for you and your family.