Parenting is one of the most rewarding jobs a person will ever have. As a parent you have the chance to help mold a human being into a person who can do anything. It is a weighty responsibility, but you don’t have to go it alone. Here’s some advice from other parents to help you make the most of your new job.
To become a better parent, give yourself a break from time to time. Everyone needs a little adult only time and allowing yourself to enjoy it will make you a better parent. This time just for yourself will help to alleviate stress, and make you feel like a more well rounded individual.
Have a daily routine or schedule as much as possible. Most children prefer routine, as it means they know what will be coming next. Surprises can be fun, but not every day. Having a basic schedule for activities, mealtimes, and naps, and a more detailed schedule for bedtime can help your child remain calm and focused throughout their day.
If your toddler is trying to climb out of his or her crib, lower the mattress if it is possible. This is because if a child is able to climb out of their crib, and they fall out, they could seriously injure themselves. Also, make sure to remove crib bumpers.
Develop patience when dealing with a breastfeed baby who is trying to learn how to use a bottle. Breastfeeding comes naturally to them and bottle feeding doesn’t. Make it a gradual process for the baby so that they are ready to transition when you are. It won’t happen overnight so stay calm and just keep trying.
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.
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.
Consistency is essential when parenting children. Children need to know what is expected of them every time. If you are not consistent with your expectations, it could cause your child to get confused and not know what it expected of them. Keeping expectations constant makes life easier for both the parent and the child.
There is always something left to learn about being a parent. Even when your child is on their own and out of the house, you will still be learning about parenting. Hopefully you will be able to pass what you have learned down to your own children to help them raise the next generation.