Because raising children is a very complex and demanding task, it is important that you learn a variety of parenting skills and techniques. The more tricks and tools you have up your sleeve, the better parent you will become.
Parents with teenagers trying to decide on what college to attend, should not pressure them to choose the college parents want them to go to. Teenagers do not like being told what to do so they may choose the complete opposite out of spite.
Toddlers and infants should never be given soda, regular OR diet. Stay with drinks that have a lot of nutrients, such as sugar-free juice, water, or milk.
Place retro-reflective material on all children who go to school in order to make their backpack and clothing stand out. These materials also have strips of Velcro for easy attaching and detaching. Your child will be visible to drivers in the darker early morning and late afternoon hours.
If your baby is cutting a painful tooth, fill a mesh teether with carrots, cucumbers or pickles. The taste will tempt your child to chew for longer and this method can be used safely along with other strategies. The longer you can get your child to use the teething device, the more relief they will have during the day.
Focus on creating a clear, positive set of household rules without being too prohibitive. This makes it easier for all family members to coexist peacefully. Instead of saying “don’t hit,” try saying “touch gently.”
Switch out what toys your toddlers play with on occasion so they refrain from getting bored with a particular set. Most toys will hold your toddler’s interest for a few days, at most, unless it’s one of his or her favorites. Rotating toys helps your child rediscover the joys of an item they have not seen for a while and saves you from having to purchase new toys.
It is only realistic to accept that your stepchild will need some time before they feel close enough to you to accept you as a friend and family member. It’s common for children to be upset and resentful about their parents not being together. If you take it slow, let them warm up to you over time and don’t rush anything, they will eventually learn to get along with you.
Encouraging your child to play team sports will help build their self-esteem. Attending the games encourages your child and creates good memories. Beyond that, watching kids play sports is great fun.
It is important to understand that not all children are outgoing. Some children are very shy and that is okay. Pay attention to whether your child becomes extremely withdrawn. This may be the time to take your child to the doctor to see if there are any psychological issues that can be corrected.
Our hope is that this article has given you some valuable, meaningful, commonsense ideas about how to most effectively parent your child or children. While you will not always have the answers, you will certainly know where to find them.