From the moment that you find out you are going to be a parent. Your life takes on a dramatic change. You are suddenly faced with the reality that every choice you make is no longer just about you.
This article has some great ideas on how you can make better choices and grow wonderful people.
Be sure to start teaching children that they can count on you from an early age, when they are young they will naturally trust you, but as they grow into teenagers you want them to think of you as a respected ally, not a feared dictator.
It is better to get them to understand things than to demand their obedience.
If you’re interested in boosting your child’s cognitive development, consider limiting the amount of time they spend watching television each day.
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Research indicates that hours spent watching TV has an inverse relationship with academic performance – the more hours spent watching tv, the lower the grades tend to be.
Communicating with your child regularly from an early age is very important. Not only does this directly help with basic things such as vocabulary and pronunciation, but it also helps them to become more comfortable communicating with you.
You want your child to grow up in an environment where they feel comfortable communicating with and coming to you. It becomes significantly harder to establish this kind of environment as they get older.
Be wary about introducing pacifiers to your breastfeed baby. Pacifiers are designed to take care of a baby’s need to suck, however the reason a baby needs to suck is because that is how they breastfeed. If they can satisfy their need to suck elsewhere it will hurt your breastfeeding relationship.
Limit pacifiers for at least the first 6 weeks.
If you are experiencing post-partum depression or the “baby blues,” try signing up for a baby-and-me class. The specific class is really unimportant. It is the connections you will make with other mothers who are going through the same life changes that can be very comforting.
A class will also help you join a network of moms who can be a much needed support system and lessen your feelings of depression.
Many children hate the bitter, chalky, or sour taste of commonly prescribed liquid antibiotic medications and vitamin and mineral supplements. Ask your pharmacist about medication flavoring options; some medicines can be prepared with a bitterness suppressor and sweetening agent. Popular flavors include cherry, banana, bubble gum, and even chocolate silk pie.
When you talk to a young child, be sure to listen to him. Make sure to get physically down to his level so that you can he can make eye contact. This gives your child a chance to vent if he is frustrated. When he sees that you are paying attention to what he is saying, he will feel better.
Some say that self-esteem is overrated, but since self-esteem is relative, it really cannot be rated one way or the other. The important thing is that you do whatever necessary to help build your child’s self-esteem. You do this by ensuring that your child is rewarded for doing things correctly and that he or she always receives some encouraging words from you.
Always remember how much your children enrich your life. There will be times that you are frustrated, but it is important to hug and kiss your kids regardless of the kind of day you are having. Make sure they know how lucky you feel to be their parent.
These simple actions will lift your mood and make your children feel loved.
Make sure that you are taking time to engage in activities that YOU enjoy! We are much more effective parents when we make sure our needs are attended to, so leave your kids with your significant others for an evening and have dinner with your girlfriends, or schedule a massage.
Give your child choices in order to avoid time-consuming tantrums. If you’re tired of being late to work because your child won’t wear the clothes you put out for him or her, try laying out two or three outfits the night before and allow them to pick what they will wear in the morning. You’ll be amazed how readily they’ll get dressed when they did the choosing.
Teach your children to be charitable. There are many things that they can do to help others in and around their community. Volunteering at a soup kitchen or visiting the elderly in a retirement home are just a couple of examples.
It’s never too early to begin showing children the importance of giving to others who are in need.
Time-outs can be an effective tool when trying to teach appropriate behavior, but don’t start doling out this popular consequence without a plan. Stay consistent with the reasons for giving a time-out, avoid talking with your child while they are sitting in a time-out and then, finish off the process with a comment about something positive and you will see just how powerful a well-planned time-out can be.
Children often unconsciously reflect the image that parents project upon them, so make sure that whatever label you choose to apply to your child, it is a positive one.
Instead of responding to a complaint of boredom with, “You’re driving me crazy, find something to keep yourself busy”, opt for a more encouraging directive: “You’ve always been such a great artists. Why don’t you try coloring or drawing for a few minutes?”
If your child likes to take their pajamas and diapers off while they are in their crib or unattended, try this neat little trick. Cut the feet off of an old pair of footsie pajamas and put them on your child backwards. It will make it so they cannot unzip them and take them off.
When you have a newborn in the house, be sure to split the parenting responsibilities between both Mom and Dad.
Splitting up the responsibilities will keep both parents from becoming exhausted, and give each parent a little alone time once in awhile. It will also help to allow each parent to get some much needed sleep, especially through the night.
As recognized in the beginning of this article, it really can take a lot to be a parent, maybe sometimes, more than you may think you have. But somehow, you make it through and are ready for the demands of the next day. By using the advice in this article, you can, indeed, make it through yet another day.
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