Our children are the most valuable component of our lives. Our interaction with them, however, sometimes seems to be more characterized by hurt feelings and misunderstandings than it does by happiness. Often as not that is because we have failed in doing what parents are supposed to do, establish clear expectations and enable our children to meet those expectations.
When bringing a new baby home from the hospital, accept a little help from friends and neighbors. Friends can help by preparing a dish that you can keep frozen for a quick meal. Neighbors might be willing to chip in with a couple of errands or housekeeping duties. Taking advantage of the extra help will give you some rest and bonding time with your new baby.
While going through a divorce with younger children, it is important to give them only the information that is necessary for them to understand. No excess information should be given to the young children or it could hurt their impression of the parent. Your kids should not feel any effect of their parents divorce, even though they always do.
When you are a parent there are many times when your children will try your very last nerve. It is essential to know when to hold back your battles. You should avoid punishment during moments of anger because it is during these moments when you are most likely to say something due to the anger and not because you are helping your child.
Do you want your child to value reading? Show them that you value it yourself by providing a number of age-appropriate books, and incorporate reading into your daily routine whenever possible. Read your child a bedtime story at night, and let them see you reading a favorite book just for fun.
If your toddler is having a tantrum, one of the most effective ways to get them to calm down is to minimize other noise and activity. Do not try to pick up your child; use a little table or chair and a blanket to make a small tent that he can go under. Give him a familiar object and let him relax.
When you are flying with a car seat, request a seat-belt extender from your airline. This item will make the belt longer and allow you easier access to the buckle when it is time to get off the plane. Many parents have trouble getting their car seat off the plane because the airplane’s belt gets caught in the car seat. An extender will eliminate the problem.
If your child has figured out how to unzip their pajamas at night, buy the kind without the feet on them. Put them on your child backwards. He will not be able to reach the zipper, so he will not be able to take his clothes off. This will lead to a better night’s sleep for everyone in the family.
The tips delineated above should prove indispensable in helping us teach our children just what it is that we expect and how they can go about achieving those expectations. That frees up our time, and theirs, for more positive one on one interaction with one another. What possibly could be a more important objective?