Although parenting is arguable the most important job in the world, it is, ironically enough, one of the few jobs that comes with little to no required training. (Not to mention no pay!) Anyone, after all, can be a parent. Faced with such an important job, where can parents go to for guidance?
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.
Don’t be afraid to take some time out of the day for yourself. Being a parent is a stressful job. Children are very sensitive to the moods and attitudes of their parents, and if you become irritable or unhappy, they will also become unhappy. Happy children start with a happy parent.
If you have kids, have your home tested for lead. Young kids put just about everything in their mouth. When they accidentally ingest paint that has lead in it, they can become very sick and in some cases, they can even die. If you think your child may have ingested lead, bring them to the doctor to get a blood test.
Be sure to take some time away from your children. This is good for you but also for them. It allows you to have some grownup time but also teaches your children how to be more independent. If you are going to leave for more than an hour be sure they know when you will return.
When raising teenagers, it may seem as if you are always focusing on the negative things they do. It is important to take some time out and praise them for some of their positive accomplishments. If all they hear is negative, it pushes them down, try some positive reinforcement; you will like the results you get from your teen.
If your baby is irritable and not relaxing as quickly as you want him to, head to the bathroom with him. Make yourself comfortable on the toilet and rock your baby as you have the exhaust fan and the faucet running. These sounds mimic the sounds of the noise of the heartbeat in the uterus.
If you find yourself driving a great distance, but have children in the vehicle for the trip, don’t be afraid to pull over from time to time and get a breath of fresh air. As tempting as it may be to drive straight through to your destination, taking little breaks can really make the ride more pleasant for kids and the adults alike. Keep your eyes peeled for restaurants that have playgrounds, parks, and nice open fields where your kids can take a break and burn off a little unneeded energy.
Being a parent can be simultaneously the most rewarding and stressful job imaginable. The benefits of a job well done, so to speak, are indescribable, but the average parent struggles from time to time with fears and concerns about their parenting skills. We hope the suggestions presented in this article have been helpful to you – you are not alone!