Raising a child is hard work, and no amount of advice or preparation can change that. Preparation and knowledge can have an effect, though. And a helpful tip at the right time can make the parenting process much easier.
No two children are exactly alike. And if you have more than one child, you have probably figured that out by now.
Maybe you have already established a good parenting style with your first child but do not expect things to be exactly the same with your second, third, or forth child.
Every child responds differently to punishments, as well as rewards for good behavior. So it’s important to remember what you have and have not tried in the past.
4 Parenting Tips
#1 Come To Terms With Imperfection and Screw-Ups
Having babies doesn’t come with a set of instructions. You basically learn as you go with the first kid and tweak things with the 2nd child.
If you dream of being the perfect parent like a 50s TV show (June Cleaver anyone?), you’re in for a shock, friends. TV moms never had to use their outside voice to get chores done like we have to in real life.
So embrace the imperfections and screw-ups of parenthood – it’s all good!
#2 Set Ground Rules
Create family rules using clear and positive words. This can help reduce fighting and finger-pointing between siblings about what chore belongs to who and encourage cooperation.
#3 Have Fun
Let your kids see your funny side. It’s okay to goof off with them and every once in a while, let them do things like jump on the bed – and join them (of course, safety first)!
No matter how busy your day is, set aside time to take a break and have fun. Not only will your mood improve, but your kids will appreciate it, too.
#4 Teach Them To Be Independent
When our kids are little, the mom in us tends to do everything (and I do mean EVER-RE-THING) for them.
Children want independence and they want to help. You can build their confidence by allowing them to help you with household chores.
For example, if you are preparing to vacuum the floor, have your child help you pick up any toys that are laying around. Kids love to be helpful with the laundry, so when they offer to help you fold, or pass you items to be folded let them.
It’s little tasks like this that can help your child feel like they’re independent and it also helps you out!
Take advantage because when they reach tween/teen years the days of offering to help around the house will be gone, lol!
Parenting is oftentimes a difficult task, but it can be made easier when parents share their experiences with each other. If you have any parenting tips to share, please enter it in the comments below.
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