Thoughtful parenting begins with the commitment to never stop learning new strategies to improve your parenting skills. What kind of parenting style you use is up to you, but every parenting style can be more effective with the addition of fresh ideas. Take a look at the practical advice below.
Although it is a widely debated topic, it is highly recommended that your child get all necessary vaccinations. Some of the diseases that your child can get if they do not get vaccinated could make them sick or worse, even kill them. This holds especially true for children who go to school, where diseases are spread more rapidly.
When training your child to use the potty, buy them underwear with their favorite cartoon character on it. Children always do better with encouragement. By letting them wear these kind of underwear, they will feel better about using the potty because they do not want to have an accident in their “special” underwear.
Discipline is important when raising children, but punishment can ruin a child’s future. Making the distinction between loving correction and angry retribution is critical; a child must learn to trust you before they will truly change their behavior. To build love and trust between your children (while also correcting their wrong actions) repeat the fact that you love them, even in discipline. Also, wait until you are calm before delivering discipline; never act in fury.
Do not spank your child, no matter what they may have done wrong. Spanking actually has a negative effect on your child. It could cause him or her to fear you and when they get older, they will think that hitting is okay. In the long run, spanking can cause a child to become violent.
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.
When your children quarrel, take the opportunity to teach them to respect the other child’s personal boundaries, to help resolve the problem. You can help them learn to respect personal boundaries by first giving them the words to express their own boundaries. Your child can then protect his or her boundaries by moving away from the problem.
A great parenting tip is to give your children some privacy sometimes. If you’re always paranoid about what they’re doing or who they’re hanging out with, you can lose a lot of your children’s trust. Learn to back off from time to time and let your children have some privacy.
If you find that you need to put eyedrops in a baby’s eyes, it may seem to be an impossible feat. Lay your baby on her back and set a favorite toy on her belly so she will look down at it. Place a drop in the corner of your baby’s eye and this way when she looks up again it will gently roll into her eye.
As mentioned above, no matter what parenting style you choose, you can make it more effective when you seek out new ideas. The key to thoughtful parenting is to recognize that you can always use fresh ideas to make sure your parenting skills are right for you and your child.