Parenting is one of the greatest accomplishments we will make in life. It is also one of the greatest challenges. It is not difficult to become overwhelmed when trying to meet these challenges. The following tips will provide direction in keeping that from happening. They can help us accomplish what sometimes seems like the impossible.
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.
A great tip for any parent is to demonstrate consistency and follow-through in all interactions with children. Parents who continually issue the same commands and potential consequences and fail to see them through will likely end up with children who are unwilling to listen or behave. Standing by your statements will teach kids to pay attention and regularly do what you ask of them.
When bringing a new baby home from the hospital, accept a little help from friends and neighbors. Friends can help by preparing a dish that you can keep frozen for a quick meal. Neighbors might be willing to chip in with a couple of errands or housekeeping duties. Taking advantage of the extra help will give you some rest and bonding time with your new baby.
As a parent, possibly the most important thing you can do for your children is provide them with a moral compass. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to instill a particular set of religious values, but make sure they have a clear sense of right and wrong. Children with a solid moral grounding are more likely to grow into adults you can be proud of.
For men who are fathers, it is important that they spend as much time with their children as the mother does. Children end up succeeding more in life when they have had both of their parents around. Taking them out to a park for a few hours or taking them to a ball game are two great ideas.
Many children hate the bitter, chalky, or sour taste of commonly prescribed liquid antibiotic medications and vitamin and mineral supplements. Ask your pharmacist about medication flavoring options; some medicines can be prepared with a bitterness suppressor and sweetening agent. Popular flavors include cherry, banana, bubble gum, and even chocolate silk pie.
As you buckle your child into his or her car seat, you should check to ensure that the shoulder straps are snug – not tight enough to cause red marks or indentations, but not loose enough that the child could wiggle out of the harness. To check whether or not the shoulder restraints are too loose or tight, try to pinch the straps together above the buckle. You should not be able to pinch them together.
Parenting most definitely has its challenges. It also has its rewards. Those rewards are often the most important we ever receive in life. The tips outlined above are useful in keeping us focused on the goal of raising happy and well adjusted children; children that will ultimately step confidently into the world and take their places as productive adults.