Parenting Tips Every Mom And Dad Should Know About

Some parenting problems can be as old as the hills and some can be new uncharted territory, but no matter what kind of parenting situations are causing you stress, these tips can help you get through them with confidence. New or old problems, the sound advice in this article can jump-start your parenting skills.

The more you read…

What experts say is true – reading books to your child is very important. Children learn just about everything by reading, from colors and numbers to shapes and letters. Experts believe that 30 minutes of book reading each night could have your child on the way to reading before they even reach kindergarten! We know that there’s an app for everything (including kids education too) nowadays, but an entertaining or just relaxing reading session can’t substitute what smart technology can offer

Keep playing…

One of the best ways for you to bond with your child is to play with them. Play all sorts of games – board games, sports, pretend games, etc. Enter the child’s world and have fun! This simple bonding technique can have lasting effects into adulthood for your child.

Disagreements…

We all know that engaging in an argument with a toddler is never the most productive use of our time. To avoid arguments, make sure you explain your reasons for your rules in ways that are easy for your toddler to understand, and decide ahead of time which rules are flexible and which are non-negotiable. Even am simple argument about putting on a pair of socks can spin out of control, but if you know how to take a step back and remain “the adult” and let your child reason as well, these moment will become easier as your child learns how to handle emotions growing older.

Breastfeeding matters…

To encourage breastfeeding in an infant, offer your child plenty of skin to skin contact. Skin to skin contact makes a young infant feel content. It also allows them to smell Mom’s milk and so, want to breastfeed more. The feeling of bonding and closeness that skin to skin contact facilitates is also great for Mom, as it reduces stress. Mothers often stress about how breastfeeding may affect their figure – we discussed this topic and some great exercise routines after breastfeeding that can keep any mothers’ confidence healthy when it comes to nursing.

A safe home…

If you have kids, have your home tested for lead. Young kids put just about everything in their mouths. When they accidentally ingest paint that has lead in it, they can become very sick and in some cases, they can even die. If you think your child may have ingested lead, bring them to the doctor to get a blood test.

Sickness…

If you are having difficulty giving your toddler their medicine, try mixing it with chocolate syrup. This will make your child want to take their medicine instead of putting up a fight. You can also try placing OTC medications in the refrigerator. Your toddler will have a hard time distinguishing the taste of the cold liquid, making them more likely to take it without fussing. It’s also a great idea to try natural remedies first, some of them taste much better than the pharmaceutical alternative, a good example is a recipe for natural relief for colic which you can read about on our blog.

Magnetic tricks…

Use the magic behind magnets to entertain your kids. You can easily keep a cookie sheet and some magnets in your car so when your child becomes bored, they will have something to do. You can use any kind of magnets as long as they are large enough to keep them from choking on them.

Baby-proofing…

Make your kitchen baby-friendly to help you during the tough time of dinner preparation. Having an area in your kitchen set up for a baby or small toddler to play safely while still interacting with you makes them less clingy and allows you to finish meal preparation without worrying about safety.

Family changes…

It is important to keep in mind that it takes a child a while to adjust to a stepparent entering their life. Often, children continue to want their parents to reunite. Take your time and don’t rush things, so that any stepchildren can take their time getting to know you and feeling comfortable with you.

Over eating…

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.

Make time to play…

Play with your children. Not only is it fun for both of you, playing also has an incredible impact on reducing children’s negative behaviors. By spending time with your children in this manner, you are making them feel like they are important to you. That means they will be less likely to engage in negative behaviors to get your attention.

Your partner…

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!

Digital vs printed…

See if you can obtain digital texts for your child to use at home. That negates the need for them to carry heavy books back and forth and the possibility that they will forget the text needed for that night’s critical assignment. More and more schools are going to digital texts and the advantages are enormous.

Special days…

Give your toddler a real treat for his or her birthday, by going an entire day without saying “No.” So long as they aren’t in danger, allow them to spend the day doing what they want. Your child can have to opportunity to do fun things, such as making forts out of the furniture, running around naked or painting in the bathtub. Your child will be delighted and the experience gives you some insight into how much your preferences, shape your toddler’s typical day.

Team mates…

Any child can benefit from the camaraderie and self-worth gained by playing a team sport. Supporting and emboldening your child by being present at games will build solid character traits and memories for a lifetime.

The tips in this article are just what you need to make sure you handle any situation that you come up against as a parent. There is no need to be stressed about your parenting skills. Using this advice is the best thing you can do to solve your parenting problems now.

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