Whether you are a first time parent or have welcomed an additional child into your family, parenting is a world filled with love, happiness and self doubt. Children, unfortunately, do not come with an instruction manual and it is quite normal to question your actions on a daily basis. Here are some handy hints to help make being a mother or father a little less confusing.
Time outs can be an effective form of discipline for your children. Time outs give the child an opportunity to think about what they have done. They also give everyone a little “cooling off” period before problems can escalate. Give your child one minute of time out for every year old they are.
As a parent, possibly the most important thing you can do for your children is provide them with a moral compass. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to instill a particular set of religious values, but make sure they have a clear sense of right and wrong. Children with a solid moral grounding are more likely to grow into adults you can be proud of.
For parents who have children that like to sleep in your bed, it is important that you get them to sleep in their own bed. This is because the older a child gets, the harder it will be to stop the habit. When they come into your bed, immediately put them back into theirs.
If you want to facilitate good study habits, make sure your child has a full belly. A child needs energy to study effectively. It will prevent them from becoming over tired and keep their brain working. A small snack, like an apple or some peanut butter crackers, can do wonders during study time.
A great parenting tip is to never physically abuse your child. This severely damages your child, and if you’re caught, your child can be taken away from you. There are better ways to instruct and discipline your child, never resort to physical abuse.
Do not let your children gang up on you. If you are a typical couple than once you reach three children they will already outnumber you and your spouse. One good technique to avoid this is to have confrontations with children one and one. This prevents the giggles from setting in and you are able to maintain your authority.
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.
In the years to come you will look back on your early days of parenthood and laugh at the mistakes and fears. In the interim each day with your child is a blessing and a joy. Cherish them and know that you are not alone in the concerns that you face but will always find support so that you do not have to face them alone.