Parenting is one of the most important and difficult jobs adults take on. It does not have to be made any harder, though, by trying to think up new answers to every question. Parents and childcare professionals have shared so much information on the subject of child-rearing that there is plenty of good advice to take in.
Make sure you’re teaching by example. Your child is much more apt to learn behaviors when you exhibit these behaviors. It’s been proven that children learn by mimicking those around them. So if you’re telling your kids not to yell in the house and you’re doing it, they’re more likely to follow what you do than what you say.
The most important thing to remember while disciplining your children is consistency. Parenting during the terrible-two’s can be challenging, for both little one and adult. At this stage children like to push the limits of what is and is not allowed. Make sure that you set clear boundaries and are consistent with your time-outs so children know what is expected of them.
Are you frustrated by a messy playroom day after day? Make cleaning up a game and ask your children to join in. Sing a song or dance around as you clean. Challenge everyone to pick up at least five toys. Doing this will motivate your children to help and make cleaning up a little more fun for all.
Make sure to wait at least 3 to 4 weeks before introducing a baby to the bottle. Doing so earlier can confuse the baby and it will reduce your milk supply for breastfeeding. Women’s bodies produce milk based on the demand. So, the more often that you supplement with a bottle, the less milk you will produce.
Never give any child under three years of age any type of soda to drink. Concentrate on offering your child beverages that include vitamins and other nutrients, such as water, sugar-free juices and milk.
To help soothe your upset baby, massage some lavender oil into the back of your neck. Place your baby in a blanket and bounce them in your lap while sitting on the end of your bed. The oil will provide a calming scent and the gentle bouncing will relax both you and the baby.
If you have a baby that is not easily soothed, consider rubbing a bit of lavender essential oil on the back of your neck. The baby will smell this when you are rocking her and it will have quite the soothing effect on her. You may even want to put a couple drops of lavender baby lotion on your baby’s blanket.
If you have trouble getting your child to not do something, it is generally best to specifically instruct them to do something else. For example, if you do not want your child to run down the stairs, instead of stating “don’t run,” it is better to state “please walk down the stairs.” When told not to do something, a child is more likely to instinctively ignore the instruction. Also, it avoids situations where the child might decide to be clever and jump down the stairs instead.
Choose your battles with your children. It is important to allow them to have some control over their environment, in order to reduce their frustration and allow them to develop independence. However, your children do need some rules, particularly in situations that affect their safety. Think about whether it is worth a fight or not before you argue with them.
Take all parenting advice with a grain of salt. Everyone and their brother will try to offer you parenting advice. Some of it is great, and some not so good. Since every child is different, what works for another parent may or may not work for you. Listen to your instincts first and foremost and you’ll be a better parent for it.
These are just a few of the things parents can do to take a little of the uncertainty out of the process of raising children. Wise parents are always on the lookout for more good parenting ideas – not just by talking to family and fellow parents, but by reading and reviewing some of the many helpful materials published on the subject.