Our parents were far from perfect. Now that you are a parent you probably realise that you also are far from perfect. Learning from other parents is key to being a good parent, so we’ve supplied you with some answers to a variety of parenting dilemmas.
Spend time with your children. While there has been a movement in recent years for parents to focus on “quality time” with their children, most children simply want “quantity time”. Even if you’re not doing anything, your child enjoys being around you – savor it. In addition, spending time interacting with young children is vital to their intellectual development.
If you think that your young child may have Autism or another communicationg disorder, make sure to get them tested as soon as you can. It is a proven fact that children who are diagnosed and treated at a young age have a better chance of leading a productive life than a child who started treatment later.
If your child will be walking to his or her school, map out a set path before the first day. If possible, opt for the route that allows for as much space between the edge of the sidewalk and the street. You should also try to avoid, or minimize, the number of times your child will have to walk across the street.
If your toddler is having a tantrum, one of the most effective ways to get them to calm down is to minimize other noise and activity. Do not try to pick up your child; use a little table or chair and a blanket to make a small tent that he can go under. Give him a familiar object and let him relax.
If you are concerned about germs and stickiness on your child’s plastic and rubber toys but don’t have the time to clean and dry each one, throw them in a mesh laundry bag and run them through your washing machine with a dye-free, fragrance-free detergent. Easy in, easy out!
Get your child to do chores as soon as they’re able to understand what you’re saying. From an early age your toddler should be cleaning up their own toys. There is no harm in making it a game, and you can continue turning chores into competitions until your child is old enough to move out!
One of the best solutions to taming an unruly teenager is to go to counseling with them. Counselors are trained to deal with bad behavior, so they are the best one to go to in order to get advice on what you can do to improve your teenager’s behavioral issues.
Positive reinforcement is more effective than punishment when handling difficult behaviors. If a child is dealing with some emotional baggage they might have difficulty expressing themselves properly. You can help them by teaching them how to let their feelings out.
Reading all you can about parenting is an awesome tool to use in becoming a better parent. Other people’s experiences may not mirror yours, but they can bring insight into a variety of different techniques which can be applied to your parenting problems. Keep reading and learning and you’ll always be the best parent you can be!