For many, becoming a parent and raising a child is both a time for joy and for trepidation. Here is some advice and tips to get you started on the journey of parenthood.
Preschoolers often do not handle transition easily. It can be stressful to make an abrupt switch from one activity to another, and your child’s behavior may suffer.
Don’t smoke in a home where your kids are living. Actually, consider quitting altogether. Exposure to secondhand smoke is almost as risky as the act of smoking itself. Children exposed to second-hand smoke are at risk of developing respiratory diseases like bronchitis, asthma and even pneumonia.
Remove everything from the countertop in the kitchen, recline your son or daughter on a towel, and allow water from the tap to soak their hair. This can help alleviate the fear of being dunked and their dislike of water in their face.
Creating family rules using clear and positive words can reduce fighting and encourage cooperation. Try telling your child what they should do rather than what they shouldn’t. “Walk slowly” is a better way of saying “Don’t run.”
On a long road trip with young children, make regular stops to keep your children from going stir-crazy. It may be tempting to get to your target destination quickly, but going at a leisurely pace will keep the fussing from the children to a minimum. Put aside a few extra minutes for pulling over at some different parks, restaurants, or other scenic stopping points for a breather, and give the children a chance to burn that energy off.
It is important to keep in mind that it takes a child a while to adjust to a stepparent entering their life. At first, they may blame you for their parents divorce. Go slowly and don’t force anything. With time you can forge a relationship together.
You should never give your infant or toddler any kind of soft drinks because of the acids, chemicals and caffeine that they contain. A better choice are drinks that have nutritional value, like milk and sugar-free juice.
Children have a natural need for independence. Give them household chores so they will feel the sense of independence that they need. Even very small children can take on one small part of a more complicated task, such as sorting silverware when you empty the dishwasher. When you are folding clothes, have your little one help you by sorting out a load of socks. Small tasks help them to feel like they are autonomous while also helping you.
Hopefully these tips give you some ideas about child-rearing. It should give you a small foundation to think about and to build upon. Yet, also keep in mind that every parenting situation is as unique as the individuals involved. There isn’t one ‘right way’ to do things. You will get the best out of these tips if you select the ones that correspond the best to your situation. Children grow up fast, so take advantage of the exciting times you and your child will spend together.