How To Raise A Happy, Healthy Child

Bringing Up A Child is very challenging, and having the skills and knowledge required is extremely important in being the best parent you can be. By knowing what to expect and when to expect it as your child grows, you will excel as a parent.

If you are expecting, don’t let yourself rush out and spend all of your money on expensive items for your child’s nursery. Many baby items can be purchased at discount stores like Wal-Mart or secondhand from thrift stores, for a much lower price than at a more expensive specialty store. Also, consider borrowing some nursery products from friends or family members.

Remember that your child looks to you for guidance. It is important to build and maintain trust with your children.

Clear some room on a counter near the sink, have your child lay down, and then run the faucet over his hair and skin. For many toddlers, this method will take the fear out of having their heads dunked or water poured over them.

Clear off a space on the kitchen counter, lay your child back on a rolled towel, and run water from the faucet over the hair and scalp. Doing this can help alleviate the anxiety countless toddlers have about being submerged underwater.

If you take your child on a trip, keep routines as similar as possible by eating and sleeping in the same way, at around the same times as normal. Children find travel stressful, the more so the younger they are. The bedtime rituals especially will help your child feel more comfortable in the new space and allow him/her (and you) to get enough sleep!

Never feed your children soda in any form, whether regular or diet. Stay with drinks that have a lot of nutrients, such as sugar-free juice, water, or milk.

“Me time” is extremely beneficial to parents and these brief periods of time without the kids should occur at regular intervals. Have a family member or friend watch your children, even if it is just for a few hours. You need to de-stress away from your kids, both for your sake and for theirs.

Always make time for yourself to do things that you like to do, without your children. Get a trusted family member or friend to care for you kids so you can enjoy your time without having to worry about them. Parents can become overwhelmed by stress when they do not have any time for themselves and that can have a negative affect on the entire household.

Avoid smoking in your house if children live there, also. Actually, maybe you could quit completely! Secondhand smoke affects health just as much as firsthand. Children exposed to second-hand smoke are at risk of developing respiratory diseases like bronchitis, asthma and even pneumonia.

We’ve put together this collection of valuable ideas to help enhance your raising a child skills. No parent will have all of the answers, though all you need is access to all of the resources that do.

If your child is miserable from teething, you could try to put cucumbers, carrots or even sour pickles into a mesh teether. The taste of the food inside of the teether will keep your child using this teether longer than other types of relief. The more they chew, the more progress they make and the better they inevitably feel.