Teaching Your Child That You Mean Business
Kids are a joy for most parents. Most parents find great pleasure from interacting with their children and watching them grow up with the help of their guidance. While joyous, raising kids is certainly far from easy. The parenting tips below might be just what you need to solve one or two problems.
If you want your teens to become good members of society, then show them by example. Your kids will follow your words and actions and will look to you as a role model. What type of role model you are is up to you. If they have a good role model to follow, then they are less likely to make decisions that are bad for them.
Giving firm and clear instructions can help when you have trouble getting a child to listen to you. Asking your child to do something generally gets poorer results than when you firmly tell them to do something. For example, a common problem that many parents have is getting their child to brush their teeth at night. Asking the child to brush their teeth is not going to be as successful as telling them it is time to brush their teeth.
Make sure that your child gets at least one hour of active play time outdoors. Outdoor play is needed to exercise his body and to develop his gross motor skills. His muscles and coordination will develop as he climbs, runs and jumps. A good hour of playing outdoors also helps him sleep better at night.
Reading your child a bed-time story is a great bonding experience at the end of the day. After dinner and bath-time, put your child into his or her pajamas and curl up with a book or two. Laying in bed reading, helps your little one to wind down after a busy day of learning and exploring. Beyond having a love for books, your little one will look forward to bedtime, each night.
If you need to use the restroom, and your baby is upset at being placed in their carrier, turn on the bathroom fan and sink. Both of these noises mimic the sound of your heartbeat, which your baby was consistently soothed by in the womb. This technique should give you a few quiet minutes to take care of yourself.
Establish a relaxing, fun bedtime routine to help ensure your child a good night's sleep. When a child is having fun playing, or excited about what he is doing, it's a real mood-buster to hear the dreaded words, “Bedtime. Right now!” Instead, try to wind down the evening with a 15 minute warning, followed by a bedtime snack, tooth-brushing, or maybe a few minutes of cuddling on the couch. An interesting, funny, or happy bedtime story is the perfect end to your child's routine, as it gives him some alone time with you and helps him relax on his way to dreamland!
We hope that you can put one or two of the above suggestions to good use in your household. Give the pointers time to work. Above all, continue to let love dominate, and your children will thrive. Don't expect perfection of either yourself, your spouse or your children.