Be A Proud Parent With These Tips!

Raising Kids Today Isn't What It Was Like For Our Parents Sometimes being a parent can feel like a challenge or a mystery. You do not have to worry unduly about it, though. No one is born with a complete, innate set of parenting skills. Learning how to raise your kids is a natural part of the process. Here are some tips for being a better parent. A great tip for any parent is to demonstrate consistency and follow-through in all interactions with children. Parents who continually issue the same commands and potential consequences and fail to see them through will likely end up with children who are unwilling to listen or behave. Standing by your statements will teach kids to pay attention and regularly do what you ask of them. Childproofing your home is more important than you may think. The number one cause in death of children is accidents, many of which could have been prevented if the parent had childproofed their home. Even if you think your child is old enough to know better, keep these safety measures in your home. For men who are fathers, it is important that they spend as much time with their children as the mother does. Children end up succeeding more in life when they have had both of their parents around. Taking them out to a park for a few hours or taking them to a ball game are two great ideas. Develop a support network of people you can call for help with breastfeeding. The early days after giving birth are stressful and tiring. It is very tempting to just get a bottle and hope it works when things start going wrong. If you have a strong support system in place ,you will be able to contact them for advice and support. That support will make you less likely to give up and go for the bottle. Many parents of twins purchase multiple cribs when they are putting together the nursery only to find out that their babies want to sleep together. Don't buy two cribs until after you have had the babies. If in the same crib, some babies however will never be able to fall asleep. Find out which type of children you have before making the investment in a new crib. If you do want to buy it early, make sure they have a good return policy just in case. 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. Get your little one involved in meal preparation as soon as they are able to handle specific tasks with supervision and assistance. For example, having a toddler help pour ingredients into a bowl can teach basic measurement while allowing you to finish preparing a meal. Just be sure to supervise closely and keep your child away from any dangerous appliances or utensils. Try to avoid giving children "I told you so answers." Although in some specific cases this may be necessary there is generally a better way. It is very important for children to understand why they should not do anything because this allows them to grow as a person and to learn how to make their own good decisions. Sometimes as a parent it pays to trust your intuition. Kids can make pretty convincing arguments and given certain circumstances their points may be valid. On the other hand, as an adult, it's important to trust your initial instincts when it comes to matters which you're experienced, at least in part, on. With youth comes inexperience, and it's a parents job to guide their children to avoid the same mistakes. Something every parent should make sure to do is to listen to their children. It is simply not enough to be a physical presence for your child, you must also communicate with them, and that communication should go both ways. Take time out to listen to what your children have to say and talk to them, rather than at them. When you are going to a place where there will be large number of people, dress your children in colorful clothing that will be distinctive from a distance. You might want to consider matching clothing for the adults in your party. It will help prevent you and your children becoming separated in a crowd. See if you can obtain digital texts for your child to use at home. That negates the need for them to carry heavy books back and forth 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. Once children start to become capable of doing things on their own, parents should start to set up routines for them. These routines can involve a wide variety of things such as times to brush their teeth, and how to get ready for bed. It is important that children understand from an early age that there are necessary things that they must do regularly. Setting up routines can help teach them responsibility. Do not tolerate bullying. Do not allow anyone to tell you bullying is a natural part of growing up. If your child is the one being bullied or the bully, remember bullying is counterproductive to healthy psychological development and academic progress. You can intercede to make a positive difference not just for your child but for their classmates as well. Invite every member of the family you can to participate in your child's school activities. People have busy lives and not everyone will be able to go to everything. However, your child will see that the family is behind him or her in support of whatever he or she is participating in. Do not shy away from personal contact with your children. Children need love and affection and consistent hugging is in order. You have to be able to hug your child and tell them how beautiful they are and say "I love you." This is a no-brainer but something that is often left off the table. 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! In the years to come you will look back on your early days of laugh and parenthood at the fears and mistakes. In the interim each day with your child is a blessing and a joy. 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