Having a new child is a wonderful beautiful thing that can fill you with so much happiness and joy. Late at night though it can also fill you with terror. It is a lot of pressure to be responsible for someone’s life. We’ve compiled a few tips to help you through some of the issues that can come up.
Try to attend every performance, sporting event, or whatever your child has going on. This is a great way for you to show your child that you care about them and to encourage them in whatever they want to do. If you have multiple children and their events conflict with each other, one parent may have to go to one event and the other to the other event; but always try to attend these events unless you absolutely cannot.
If you want to facilitate good study habits, make sure your child has a full belly. A child needs energy to study effectively. It will prevent them from becoming over tired and keep their brain working. A small snack, like an apple or some peanut butter crackers, can do wonders during study time.
Infants and toddlers should not consume soda, diet or otherwise. Try sticking with drinks that provide your baby with vitamins or nutrients, such as warm or cold milk, sugar-free juices, and water.
Try to avoid giving children “I told you so answers.” Although in some specific cases this may be necessary there is generally a better way. It is very important for children to understand why they should not do anything because this allows them to grow as a person and to learn how to make their own good decisions.
A great parenting tip is to let your child make their own decisions sometimes. When you always make decisions for your child, they’ll grow up being incapable of making their own decisions. This can really hurt them in the long run. Give your child a little independence sometimes.
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!
Remember to reward good behavior with praise and recognition. Children usually hear more reprimands for bad behavior than praise for good behavior and that might become discouraging to them. However, if you praise them for specific good behavior that they have exhibited, their confidence will be lifted, and they will exhibit the good behavior more often.
Consistency is essential when parenting children. Children need to know what is expected of them every time. If you are not consistent with your expectations, it could cause your child to get confused and not know what it expected of them. Keeping expectations constant makes life easier for both the parent and the child.
Hopefully you’ve started to breathe now. You can parent and you are going to do a great job at it. We all make mistakes now and then, it’s those mistakes that help us learn the tips we’ve given you. Keep learning and keep loving your child and you will raise a happy healthy child.