Each child is unique, much like a snowflake. Children have their own likes and dislikes, temper or calmness, and you need to adjust your parenting style to work with their listening style. Here are some ideas given to us by parents who have raised their children and survived.
Childproofing your home is more important than you may think. The number one cause in death of children is accidents, many of which could have been prevented if the parent had childproofed their home. Even if you think your child is old enough to know better, keep these safety measures in your home.
Making bath-time fun will encourage your children to have good hygiene. Make sure you have plenty of bath toys for your child to play with. A variety of toys will keep them from getting bored too easily. With color changing bubbles, and water markers, your children will want bath-time to last all night!
Take all parenting advice with a grain of salt. Everyone and their brother will try to offer you parenting advice. Some of it is great, and some not so good. Since every child is different, what works for another parent may or may not work for you. Listen to your instincts first and foremost and you’ll be a better parent for it.
In order to teach you child how to have good behavior you have to show them by example. You cannot tell your child to act a certain way and then you go and do the opposite right in front of them. Act the way that you want them to act.
Teach your children good eating habits early on. Always offer at least one fruit or vegetable at every meal. Limit sweets as snacks, and encourage them to drink water, milk, or juice. The habits you teach them now will follow them throughout their life. They can help prevent obesity and other illnesses as well.
Avoid using other children you know as benchmarks for your own child’s rate of growth or development. Every child acquires skills like walking, talking, reading, and so forth at his or her own pace, and it is much healthier to bring up any concerns you have with your child’s pediatrician.
One great way to become involved in your child’s life is to join peer groups. It can be anything from a library group to an athletic group to a mommy and me group. Not only are these peer groups great for getting involved in fun activities with your kids, but it allows both you and your child to meet people and make new friends.
Once in a while, give your young child the option to do extra chores for a little money that he can use for anything he likes. The amount of money does not really matter, but this will teach him the fact that money can be earned by working for it, and that he can save it to buy something he likes. Having his own money will give him a sense of empowerment.
Your children are precious, but aren’t really like a snowflake. They won’t melt if you do the wrong thing, so feel free to experiment with your parenting style until you find something that works. Kids are amazingly resilient, so supply lots of hugs and kisses when things do go wrong and everything will be okay in the end!