Raising children can be tough. If you are reading this article out of concern that you might not be a great parent because you aren’t exactly sure what to do, don’t worry! Every parent feels that way at some point. The best way to overcome this is to learn to be a better parent and the information in this article will help you to be just that.
Praise your children often! If you ‘catch’ your child doing an appropriate behavior, tell him how proud you are. Children love positive words and praise. Hearing kind words will help your child to feel good about himself and will cause him to continue trying to do good things to receive more praise.
When breastfeeding, do not try to feed the baby on a strict schedule. Letting the baby eat when he is hungry will allow your supply and the baby’s hunger to develop as needed. If you try to feed him at a set time, he will not suck as hard and your body will not respond with letting down your milk. Your baby knows when he is hungry so follow his cues.
Do not spank your child, no matter what they may have done wrong. Spanking actually has a negative effect on your child. It could cause him or her to fear you and when they get older, they will think that hitting is okay. In the long run, spanking can cause a child to become violent.
When it comes to trying to change kids’ bad behavior, parents should try to “walk the walk” by setting a good example. Just as most parents cannot stand the sound of their children whining, nearly all children can hardly bear parental nagging. Instead of constantly harping on your child, make a positive statement encouraging them to follow through with some action and accompanying it with a brief explanation of the consequences of failure to do so.
Never administer medication to your child for any “off-label” conditions unless the child’s doctor has given you specific written instructions to do so. Children do not always react to medication in the same way adults do. For instance, giving a child Benadryl to help induce sleep might actually have the opposite effect of hyperactivity.
If children live in your house, you should never smoke indoors. Even better, consider quitting altogether. The effects of secondhand smoke are as bad as smoking itself. Smoking around your children can be very hazardous and cause many respiratory issues including asthma, bronchitis or pneumonia.
When your children quarrel, take the opportunity to teach them to respect the other child’s personal boundaries, to help resolve the problem. You can help them learn to respect personal boundaries by first giving them the words to express their own boundaries. Your child can then protect his or her boundaries by moving away from the problem.
A great parenting tip is to learn to speak to your child at their level. Don’t just bark orders at them all the time. They’ll just feel like they have no connection with you if you do that. Remove your ego, and learn to communicate better with your child.
Even though raising children can be a rough and complicated process, there is a wealth of information and guides just like this article out there to help you along the way. No one is born with the knowledge of how to be a great parent, but everyone, including you, can learn to be a great parent. The fact that you are seeking advice already makes you a caring parent and that alone puts you half the way there!