Meeting the demands of parenthood takes focus. Sometimes just the simplest tip from someone more experienced than we happen to be can help us attain that focus. That is the intent of the tips provided below. They will provide the focus that so many of us need to step out there and meet the challenge of parenthood.
Creating Safe Area
If you have a toddler who is throwing a tantrum, make a “safety fort” out of a blanket or towel thrown over a chair. Many times, toddler tantrums are related to over-stimulation, and removing the stimulation by blocking it out can help. It provides your toddler with a safe space in which they can regroup and calm down.
In order for your child to feel a sense of belonging in the household, it is important that they share tasks around the home so they feel they are contributing. Tasks assigned should be appropriate to the age of the child so they do not become overwhelmed and get discouraged.
Never Bored Offering
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.
The Right Reaction
Sometimes, the best reaction is no reaction at all. When your child throws a temper tantrum or fit, remain calm. Do not try to bribe him or her to behave, but also avoid making irritated or caustic remarks with the intention of threatening or shaming the child. Instead, continue speaking normally, getting chores done and addressing the child, as if he or she was not acting up.
A great parenting tip is to be aware of how your actions can influence your child. If you curse a lot at home, don’t be surprised if your child gets suspended or sent home from school for bad behavior. Always try to set a good example for your child.
Do you want your child to value reading? Show them that you value it yourself by providing a number of age-appropriate books, and incorporate reading into your daily routine whenever possible. Read your child a bedtime story at night, and let them see you reading a favorite book just for fun.
Take advantage of carpools when sending your children to school. A carpool allows you to not have to shuttle your children back and forth to school every day. It also gives your children some extra socialization time with the neighbors. You save time, and save on gas as well.
By focusing on goals and breaking them down into specific steps, we can accomplish what may initially seem to be the impossible. Sometimes that is something as simple as teaching a toddler to tie their shoes. Other times it might be as complex as comforting our grieving teen when they have broken up with their boyfriend.