No matter how many children you have had, or how good a parent you may be, there is always a chance to learn more. Deal with your children directly when facing the complex issues they must deal with while growing up.
When you are expecting a baby, try to avoid large expenditures on overpriced baby items. Items such as cribs or changing tables can be purchased at lower prices through classified ads or stores such as Walmart. Another option would be to seek out hand-me-downs from friends and family.
Think about the types of messages you’re sending to your child! Let your children know they can count on you and trust you.
As parents we sometimes need to take a step back, and let our teenagers make their first step into young adulthood, by attending the college that they choose. When they feel pressured, teens may act in a perverse manner if they feel that someone is trying to control them.
A little “me time” away from the company of your kids can be really important. Set up a regular play date or a weekly visit with the grandparents, so that you can have some alone time. If parents don’t have time away from their kids, they often get more stressed, which increases the amount of tension in the house.
Keep kids safe on their way to school by using reflective tape on their backpacks or coats. You can purchase this reflective material in Velcro-ed strips that are easy to apply and remove. That way, your kids will be easily spotted by motorists and crosswalk attendants during darker parts of the day.
If there are children living under your roof, avoid smoking indoors. You may even want to even consider quitting. Secondhand smoke is as damaging as actually smoking. Asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and other respiratory ailments are much more common in children who breathe in second-hand smoke.
Stop often when driving long distances with toddlers or young children to stave off boredom and crankiness. Your natural temptation might be to hustle through the journey as fast as you can, but a relaxed pace, with plenty of pauses, will cut down on backseat squabbling. Stop at parks, restaurants with play areas, or open grassy areas to let your children run off excess energy during the trip.
Learning something that can improve your own parenting skills can make you want to become a better parent by boosting your confidence. It can never be too late to learn and grow as a great parent!