Our parents were far from perfect. Now that you are a parent you probably realise that you also are far from perfect. Learning from other parents is key to being a good parent, so we’ve supplied you with some answers to a variety of parenting dilemmas.
If you have more than one child, it is important that you pay the same amount of attention to all of them, no matter what their ages are. You do not want one child to be neglected– this could cause them to show resentment toward you when they get older.
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.
(source: The 4 C’s of Parenting. anxioustoddlers.com)
Do not be the short order cook for your picky eater. If you make special meals for him every time he refuses to eat the meal that you have cooked for the family, he will not learn to accept different foods. Instead, let him choose from what you have prepared for the family. If he refuses to eat anything, he will become hungry very soon, and will accept other foods more readily in the next mealtime.
To reduce stress when flying with children ask the gate attendant if they offer early boarding for families. If they don’t, ask if you can board early. This will allow you to secure your children in their seats ahead of time and it will also make it easier to find a storage compartment for your carry-on baggage.
Remember what is happening today will be over with tomorrow. If your kids messed up your clean living room, know that it won’t stay that way, it will be clean again tomorrow. Having this viewpoint will help you to move on.
If you make a statement, follow through with it. If you say the same things over and over to your child without imposing a consequence, he is never going to listen to you. However, if you truly mean what you say and you follow through with your words, your child will learn to listen to you the first time you say something.
Shuttling your children from location to location in your car can get stressful, especially if you run into inevitable traffic delays. You can keep your kid’s frustration in check by making sure your car is well-stocked with their favorite music. A CD of kid-friendly tunes will keep a traffic jam from turning into an ordeal.
Keep in mind how important your children are to you, even if they do drive you crazy sometimes. There are plenty of people out there that would love to be in your shoes or have a family but can’t for a number of reasons. Cherish your children and remember how fortunate you are.
Having teens can be hard, but taking the time to talk with them, and listen to them, will have long lasting positive results. Let them know that you love them no matter what, and try to identify with what they are experiencing. Too often we parents gloss over their feelings to lay down the law, when a little understanding and a good heart-to-heart can make all the difference.
Reading all you can about parenting is an awesome tool to use in becoming a better parent. Other people’s experiences may not mirror yours, but they can bring insight into a variety of different techniques which can be applied to your parenting problems. Keep reading and learning and you’ll always be the best parent you can be!