You were probably the happiest you have ever been the day your child was born. The most amazing thing about having a child is the instant connection you feel to them. Make the most of this special bond by improving your parenting with the tips below.
You can have your child lay face up on the counter with their head over the sink and a towel under their neck and let them have a small towel for their face and eyes. Most toddlers find this method less stressful than having their head placed under water.
Take a break once in a while. Get a friend or family member to take care of your kids, even if it’s only for a couple of hours. Parents can get stressed from the constant demands of child-rearing and need to take the time for themselves to to relax, which will have a positive benefit on the entire household.
Avoid smoking in your house if children live there, also. It’s a good idea to give up smoking entirely. Secondhand smoke is just as bad as actually smoking. Children who are exposed to second-hand smoke experience a higher incidence of respiratory issues such as asthma, bronchitis and pneumonia.
If you are going to take your children on a long road trip, stop as often as you can to keep them from getting too cranky. Take your time and let your kids have fun. Even though you won’t arrive at your final destination as soon as you might like, everyone will be happier when they get there! Take your travel breaks at restaurants with a place for the kids to play, or parks and open areas with plenty of grass for them to burn some excess energy.
Toddlers have short attention spans, and are easily amused, so switching up the toys in their toy boxes can help to keep them amused with the same old toys. Toddlers may not be interested in a toy if they play with it a lot, unless they really love it. By rotating toys, your child will see them as new and exciting again when you reintroduce them. This will save you from having to buy more and more toys.
You should find the family checkpoint line when you are going through the airport security checks. They can be found at most airports. Doing so allows you to go slowly and ignore impatient travelers. Don’t forget that everything, including shoes, must be run through an x-ray.
Have your child sign up for a team sport to improve his confidence. Encouraging your child and supporting them by attending games will create memories and strong character traits that will last a lifetime.
Children with ADHD, Aspergers or other conditions that contribute to impulsive behavior shouldn’t be allowed to have too much unstructured time on their hands. Children dealing with these types of issues have a huge amount of excess energy. If you want to prevent them from acting out, it is important to keep them occupied. Try letting the child have free time outside and encourage him to run around, ride his bike or play on a playground for an hour or two a day.
You must come to terms with the fact that not every child will be social and outgoing. Some children are very shy and that is okay. Pay attention to whether your child becomes extremely withdrawn. If you feel that your child is being too introverted, then pay a visit to their medical professional. The doctor will be able to check if there are any medical reasons causing the withdrawal.
Having a strong, meaningful relationship with your child when they are young is so important, and it will positively effect them once they are teenagers, when they are less likely to want to open up. Utilize some of the ideas provided in this document to establish a relationship with your child, or strengthen the existing relationship.