Being a parent requires you to work long hours for no pay, and regularly puts you in the sort of situations you never thought you’d be dealing with. It’s easy to get aggravated or to feel out of your depth. Luckily, there are many simple things you can do to make your job as a parent more manageable. Here are some tips that will help you do just that.
Learn how to properly bring your baby to your breast in order to avoid improper latching techniques. A bad latch will cause pain to for mom and a less than satisfactory feeding for baby so it is very important to latch your technique. Make sure to always bring the baby up to your breast and check that he has a large amount of the areola in his mouth for the best experience.
Learn the signs of a baby on a nursing strike. Many parents experience a nursing strike and take that to mean that the baby is ready to wean. Actually babies go through periods where they are just less interested in breastfeeding in general. Babies do this generally when they are going through large developmental leaps. Just keep offering and they will come back to normal feeding rhythms.
A great parenting tip is to not try and lay guilt on your child all the time. If you are always trying to make your child feel guilty for something they have done or haven’t done, your child will develop a complex and will greatly resent you for it.
When your child goes to the doctor’s office, be sure to tell the nurse or doctor if your son or daughter is taking any kind of over-the-counter vitamin or mineral supplement. Even though these products do not require a prescription, they can interact with or decrease the absorption of prescription antibiotics or other medications.
Help your child to refrain from overeating at mealtimes. With the rise in childhood obesity in our country, it is extremely important to help our children to recognize when they are still hungry and when they tend to eat out of boredom. When your child cries, “I’m still hungry!” suggest another activity or maybe a glass of water instead. If they really are hungry, they will let you know very shortly. Then encourage them to have a healthy snack such as veggies with a low-fat dip, or some fruit. Sometimes they really are hungry, but by distracting them for a few minutes, you may find that they were just looking for something to do.
Even though it may be an uncomfortable topic for parents to discuss, it is very important that you talk to your children about drugs while they are still young. This way, once they hit the age when peer pressure is common, they will know that drugs are not good for them.
No one can be a perfect parent, but almost anyone can be a good parent. With the advice in this article, you’ll be able to do the best you can as a parent without getting overwhelmed. Keep our tips in mind as you deal with the day to day stresses of parenting. You may find that they’re now much easier to handle.