Being a parent requires you to work long hours for no pay, and regularly puts you in the sort of situations you never thought you’d be dealing with. It’s easy to get aggravated or to feel out of your depth. Luckily, there are many simple things you can do to make your job as a parent more manageable. Here are some tips that will help you do 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.
If you have a difficult or especially demanding toddler, consider part-time daycare or nursery school. These options allow you maintain most of the control in raising your child, but still get them out of the house. Nursery school can provide a situation in which your child is being cared for by someone who won’t give in to their demands and doesn’t mind if they cry.
Learn to breastfeed your baby in public so that you will be able to breastfeed for your child’s first year of life. Mothers who have not learned how to discretely nurse in public tend to start offering bottles and that is usually the beginning of the end of a breastfeeding relationship.
If you are concerned about germs and stickiness on your child’s plastic and rubber toys but don’t have the time to clean and dry each one, throw them in a mesh laundry bag and run them through your washing machine with a dye-free, fragrance-free detergent. Easy in, easy out!
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.
Be friends with your child on any social media sites to help you monitor their other friends and activities. While some kids may complain about their parent being able to see everything they post, remind them that social media accounts are a privilege and not a right. Being friends on-line is a non-intrusive way to keep an eye on their activities.
Continuously alternate the toys you make available to toddlers as a way to stave off boredom and as a way of reminding them of all the things they own. Unless the toy in question is a cherished favorite, most objects fail to hold toddlers’ interests for more than a day or so. By regularly rotating toys, you ensure that your child is always stimulated and interested by every object. It also eliminates the urge to constantly buy toys on every shopping trip.
No one can be a perfect parent, but almost anyone can be a good parent. With the advice in this article, you’ll be able to do the best you can as a parent without getting overwhelmed. Keep our tips in mind as you deal with the day to day stresses of parenting. You may find that they’re now much easier to handle.