Parenting is one of the most difficult and rewarding jobs anyone will ever have. A little patience and persistence will pay off. When you set rules, make sure they are age appropriate and easily understood. Punishment should be consistent, practical and explained to children. It’s imperative to be a parent to your child. They already have plenty of friends. Read on for more tips.
What experts say is true– reading books to your child is very important. Children learn just about everything by reading, from colors and numbers, to shapes and letters. Experts believe that 30 minutes of book reading each night could have your child on the way to reading before they even reach kindergarten!
Make sure your child has time to be a child! Don’t force them to grow up and deal with things too early. Kids are only young once, and it’s important that they get to make the most out of it. Give them time to play and explore and to just be a kid.
Use a pump or hand express milk if you are engorged and the baby is not ready to eat when breastfeeding. There are few things more painful to a new mother than having produced too much milk and not having a way to release it. Our bodies gradually start to produce only what is needed for the baby but it takes a little while to regulate. By expressing some of the milk you can reduce the pain until baby’s next meal.
Give your children praise for the things they do well. It is natural to notice negative behaviors instead of positive ones. However, if a child does not feel like they are receiving positive reinforcement for the good things they do, they are more likely to engage in negative behaviors to get attention.
Of course you want to bundle your little one up all toasty-warm in the winter, but be careful not to over-heat her. As parents, we tend to want to layer our kids to death every time they step out into the cold weather. Keep in mind how warm you would be, stuck in a car seat in long-johns, sweatpants, and a snowsuit. Although this may be proper attire for sledding, it might be a bit much for a ride to grandmas in the heated car.
Many parents these days are not getting all the shots necessary for their child. In fact, according to a recent study, more than 1 in 10 children are not getting their shots. A part of the reason for this is that many parents grew up without any significant interaction with the diseases that children need to get shots for. They also believe that because other children are getting the shots, their child will be protected through herd immunity. However, this is just a false sense of security because these diseases can be life threatening. It is incredibly important that parents listen to their pediatrician and get their kids their shots.
Putting in the extra work when your children are young will make it easier for you to parent them when they are older. Setting reasonable rules and being consistent in their enforcement are important factors in discipline. Your children should know that you love them and are always on their side.