Parenting is one of the most important tasks we can ever undertake in life. Through effective parenting we lead our child from infancy to adulthood. Our goal, of course, is to equip them to eventually enter the world of adulthood as responsible and productive human beings. We accomplish this by example.
Don’t come up with a “one size fits all” idea of discipline. When disciplining your children, realize that they all respond differently to correction. While a time-out might be what one child needs in order to comply, that same method might not work for another. Find what each child responds best to: time-outs, confiscating toys, or extra chores, and then run with that.
A critical parenting tip is to never allow a toddler to be near water, unattended. Bathtubs, pools, lakes and any other areas of significant water, can pose extreme danger to small children. By ensuring that young kids are never alone in such settings, the risk of accidental drowning can be drastically lowered.
When breastfeeding, do not try to feed the baby on a strict schedule. Letting the baby eat when he is hungry will allow your supply and the baby’s hunger to develop as needed. If you try to feed him at a set time, he will not suck as hard and your body will not respond with letting down your milk. Your baby knows when he is hungry so follow his cues.
Here’s a cool tip for parents of twin babies: Paint your baby twins’ toenails to help tell them apart. As infants, even fraternal twins can look so alike that it can be impossible to know who is who, especially when you are sleep deprived. Assign a color of nail polish to each child and paint just one toenail of each to keep straight who is who!
Use your smart phone to soothe your baby with noise. You can download a white noise application and then place the phone near your child. This is particularly useful if you are going for a walk or if your child is riding in the car. You do not have to use white noise; there are a wide range of other calming sounds available.
Your marriage is just as important as your children, so take good care of it. You need time together as a couple to ensure that you keep the passion alive, so make sure to have a date night once a week where it’s just you and your spouse. The kids will be there when you get home!
Praise your children. Some parents are very good at focusing on the negative, but forget about the positive. When a child is praised it lets them know that their parents love and appreciate them. It also makes them more likely to repeat positive behaviors. Try to look for something to praise your child about at least once a day.
In conclusion, our children learn to be productive well-adjusted adults by following our lead. We show them responsibility by being responsible ourselves. We demonstrate the importance of love and nurturing by providing it to them. They learn because we teach. The tips provided above help us be the teachers we need to be.