The Successful Parent

Be A Proud Parent With These Tips! Parenting can be trying on a good day and completely overwhelming on a bad day. Having the know how to deal with struggles, both big and small, can make all the difference in the world. This guide offers some good, solid advice and tips, that go a long way towards settling the waters at home. Hold your breast with your fingers underneath and holding your thumb on the top when breastfeeding. Use the hand you use the most to support the head and the other hand for holding your breast. Place the nipple near his nose and he will open wide to take it in. This will provide the best latch for success. When you have a newborn in the house, be sure to split the parenting responsibilities between both Mom and Dad. Splitting up the responsibilities will keep both parents from becoming exhausted, and give each parent a little alone time once in awhile. It will also help to allow each parent to get some much needed sleep, especially through the night. Learn the signs of a baby on a nursing strike. Many parents experience a nursing strike and take that to mean that the baby is ready to wean. Actually babies go through periods where they are just less interested in breastfeeding in general. Babies do this generally when they are going through large developmental leaps. Just keep offering and they will come back to normal feeding rhythms. An important tip for young parents is to make time each day to read to your child. Exposing children to illustrations and books is a great way to introduce them to language and art. By doing this, you will help build their vocabulary and help them get ready to learn once they enter school. Start focusing on nutrition very early in the child's life. If you are able to convince them that they like healthy foods you can help them to avoid many of the health traps that the majority of adults suffer. Show them healthy tasty treats, though you don't need to deprive them of treats. It is important to establish realistic, achievable goals for your teenager. Be sure to work with your teen to overcome obstacles and to establish goals that are reasonable if your teen has a hard time with math. The teen will become frustrated and not work at all if you set goals that are not realistic. When you are a parent, it is especially important to make time for taking care of your own needs. If it's only for a few minutes, find time every day to relax and re-energize, even. Your children will feel happier if you are feeling your best as you care for them. Overdressing can lead to a crabby baby! Babies get uncomfortable and hot wearing too much, just like we do. A good rule of thumb is to dress your baby the way you feel comfortable, whether for indoors or out. If it's cool and you need a jacket, baby probably does too! If your child is sick, especially with a fever or cough, it is crucial that you not send them to school. Not only does your child need to stay rest and home when they are sick, but sending them to school can increase the chances of your child spreading their illness to other kids. It's very important to keep children safe from kitchen hazards. While you are working in the kitchen with little ones milling about, remember to use the burners on the back of the stove. Even the smallest hands can reach the front burners! Also, keep pan handles pointed to the back so those grabby fingers cannot pull a hot pan down! Be willing to compromise with your children, in order to minimize frustrating disagreements. Many kids are amazingly stubborn and sometimes, their parents react by refusing to see their point of view. You should keep some perspective when your children try to argue with you. Be open to letting them get their way on points that do not really matter. See if you can obtain digital texts for your child to use at home. That negates the need for them to carry heavy books forth and back and the possibility that they will forget the text needed for that night's critical assignment. More and more schools are going to digital texts and the advantages are enormous. Live what you say, don't just say it. Children will learn by your actions as much as your words. Show them how you would like them to behave. You have to not smoke yourself if you don't want them to smoke. If you'd like them to eat healthy, make the same healthy choices with them. Even kids can see right through hypocrisy! To instill the ethic of hard work in your children give them chores. Make sure they are of varying degrees of difficulty with corresponding rewards. The easiest task will have the simplest reward and the hardest task the best reward. In this way they will learn that hard work pays off, and very little work has very little reward. When your child is working on homework, make sure to provide a distraction-free environment. Minimize noise and talk around their area, and turn off the TV. Make sure they're only using programs directly related to the assignment if they're on the computer. Distractions make it difficult to focus on the work and turn a quick assignment into a long ordeal. Don't throw out the stained shirts and bodysuits if your child seems to go through outfits like crazy because they are spitting up on them. Instead, give them new life by tie dying or decorating them. It will make for a cute new outfit while also keeping them out of the landfill. Toddlers love to dip their food into different tasty treats. Cut up fruits and veggies and offer them healthy dips. These can be yogurt, tofu dip, cream cheese, or perhaps cottage cheese. This will add more nutrition to your toddlers diet and they will be none the wiser because they are having fun! When you learn new things about parenting, you learn new skills and can gain new strategies that you did not know. 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