No parent can be a good parent, without a little help. This articles offers a variety of solutions for parenthood’s most challenging times.
If you clear a spot on the kitchen countertop, next to the sink, you can lay your child on a towel there and wash his hair and scalp under the faucet. This can help many toddlers who fear having water poured on their head or don’t like their head being dunked in the water.
It’s a good idea to keep regular mealtime and bedtime routines for your children when traveling. Travel takes its toll on young children, particularly infants. However, if you follow their normal bedtime ritual no matter where you are, they are likely to have no problems sleeping.
It doesn’t matter how much you love your children, eventually you will need a break. This helps you be yourself and a great parent too.
Framing clear family rules that use positive words can go a long way to help reduce fighting and help your children to get along with each other. 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.”
To keep toddlers from becoming bored with toys or forgetting about items buried in the toy box, rotate their toys regularly. Toddlers may not be interested in a toy if they play with it a lot, unless they really love it. By rotating the toys that your toddler can play with, you add artificial novelty and variety to their playtime.
When becoming a stepparent, you have to accept that your stepchildren may not like you. At first, they may blame you for their parents divorce. By not trying to rush things, the process is smoother. Over time, the child will get to know you and learn to accept the situation.
If you adopt a child, prepare yourself to answer questions as your child gets older and wants to know more about the adoption. Often adopted children want to know where they are from; you will need to be prepared to answer them. Be as open and honest with them as possible; lying is never the best tactic and could cause them to resent you.
Child rearing does not lend itself to absolute methods or solutions. Parents need advice as they “play it by ear” from day to day. Sometimes situations arise that you have no idea how to handle. Apply the tips from this article as a general guideline for your being a parent. Use this information to your benefit!