If you find that your parenting techniques have been letting you down lately, there is something that you can do today to get yourself back on track to be a great parent. There is build and advice in the article below that you can use right away to improve your situation.
- 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.
- Make sure you listen to what your child has to say. Listening can be anything from listening to them babble as babies, listening to how their day at school went, or listening to their problems. Kids want to know that you care enough to listen to them. If you listen to them, they’re more apt to listen to you.
- 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.
- You can clear an area on the counter in the kitchen, roll up a soft towel, lay the child back on the towel with their head over the sink, then gently run the water over their hair and scalp. This can build many toddlers who fear having water poured on their head or don’t like their head being dunked in the water.
- Try to attend every performance, sporting event, or whatever your child has going on. This is a great way for you to show your child that you care about them and to encourage them in whatever they want to do. If you have multiple children and their events conflict with each other, one parent may have to go to one event and the other to the other event; but always try to attend these events unless you absolutely cannot.
- If you think that your young child may have Autism or another communicationg disorder, make sure to get them tested as soon as you can. It is a proven fact that children who are diagnosed and treated at a young age have a better chance of leading a productive life than a child who started treatment later.
- 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 build them to avoid many of the health traps that the majority of adults suffer. You don’t need to deprive them of treats, but show them healthy tasty treats.
- When your child is acting out, ask yourself if he or she possibly needs some one-on-one attention. If you have been caught up on the computer or phone or have otherwise been occupied, give your child ten undivided minutes of your time. This may ward off a full-blown tantrum and reminds your child that he or she is worthy of your attention.
- Parents, you have homework to do prior your child’s first day of school! Before the first school bell rings, be sure to make school seem like a fun place to be. This will build to ease their fears of being in an unknown environment. For example, try coloring on a piece of paper and then tell your child this is what they will be doing in school.
- Start teaching your children responsible financial behavior early on. Personal finances are something that a child must learn at home. It is typically not taught in school, church, or anywhere else in life. Teach your child the benefits of saving and the meaning of spending as well. Let them build you shop and sometimes even pay the bill themselves. They will thank you for this later in life.
- 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 builds him sleep better at night.
- While listening skills are important in so many areas of your life, they may be most important in parenting. Always listen to your children. Even though they are developing, even though their vocabulary is limited, your kids are trying as hard as they can to communicate with you. Pay attention when they do, and do your best to understand what really matters to your children.
- If you have a young child who avoids eating anything green, try to make your vegetables more interesting. For example, if you stick broccoli florets into his mash potatoes and tell him that he is a giant eating up a forest, he just might play along and eat his broccoli. His enjoyment in playing this game will take his focus away from “yucky” vegetables.
- If you are the parent of a sick toddler who is struggling while you attempt to give them their medicine, try mixing the dose with chocolate syrup. This will make the medicine seem like a treat instead of a punishment. If you are out of chocolate syrup, try refrigerating the medication to mask its taste.
- As your toddler is learning to walk, it is best to let her toddle around barefoot. Wearing hard soled shoes while learning to walk can make it difficult for her to feel the floor and can trip her up if the fit is not correct. When you are ready to purchase her first pair of shoes, be sure to have each foot measured so the shoes fit properly.
There is always a way to make your parenting techniques better and make them more effective by learning new information. If you find that what you are doing now is not working for you, try some of the tips in the article above and keep working on being a great parent.