There is no subject that people have more advice to give than on parenting. Every pregnant women on the street is subjected to a barrage of unasked for advice on everything from how to feed them, how to raise them, and how to punish them. While we don’t have all the answers, here are a few good tips to help you on your way.
Take advantage of carpools when sending your children to school. A carpool allows you to not have to shuttle your children back and forth to school every day. It also gives your children some extra socialization time with the neighbors. You save time, and save on gas as well.
In order for your child to feel a sense of belonging in the household, it is important that they share tasks around the home so they feel they are contributing. Tasks assigned should be appropriate to the age of the child so they do not become overwhelmed and get discouraged.
When your child falls and bumps their head, do not allow them to go to sleep for at least two hours. This is because you want to monitor for symptoms that your child may have suffered from internal bleeding. Some symptoms include disorientation, confusion, headache and dizziness complaints, and blurred vision. If your child has these symptoms, bring him/her to the emergency room.
Make your own baby foods when your baby is ready for solids. Not only will this allow you to control what you are feeding them, it will also save you a ton of money. Having a child is extremely expensive so you need to cut costs everywhere you can. Put some food in the crockpot before you go to bed and blend it into a jar after you wake up.
Encourage your child to drink lots of water. Sugary sodas, juices with hidden sugar and even sugar-free drinks add either extra calories or unhealthy artificial sweeteners to his diet. Drinking water will keep a child well-hydrated and help to maintain a healthy digestive system. If they want something that tastes good, try mixing a little fruit juice with the water.
Give your child choices whenever you can. This can help to avoid the never ending battle of trying to get your child to do the one thing you want. A child is responsive to choices, even at a young age. It lets them feel a sense of control and accomplishment.
You need to listen to your children. That means when they’re telling you about their day, or when they’re explaining something they did wrong. Always listen to what they have to say and respect what they’re saying. Even if it sounds outlandish to you, it might make total sense to a three-year-old.
Take what we’ve given you in this article and learn what works for you. There is no one right way to be a parent. Every child and every family is unique and what works for you may not work for your neighbor. Use these tips as a jumping off point for your own exploration.