Parenting Is Hard, But These Great Tips Make It Easier

By: Yannone

Do not try to introduce the bottle to a normally breastfeed baby who is hungry. A hungry baby will not understand what the bottle is for and will reject it immediately because he at this point only associates food with the breast. Get the baby used to the bottle when they are not hungry so that they can learn that it provides food as well.

Make sure you're being consistent with your punishments and rules. You can't expect your children to behave or follow your rules if you're not consistent with enforcing them. If not having desert until all of their dinner is finished is a rule, you need to make sure that you actively enforce that rule.

Make sure that other caregivers in your child's life understand your philosophy and practices as a parent. From spanking to junk food, opinions vary wildly, so do not assume that your child's babysitter agrees with or understands your viewpoints. Be clear about your expectations and wishes regarding discipline, food, and other aspects of your child's care.

Never be afraid to ask your parents for advice when you need to deal with your own children. Whether you're looking forward to gathering some information about how to put a baby to sleep, or inquiring about some teenager-specific info to defuse a situation, your parents dealt with these things with you, as theirs did with them, and so on, and so on.

When parenting a teenager it is important to be very respectful and patient. Communication is often the issue at hand, or the lack thereof, when teens start acting out. Rather make it a daily ritual to talk to your teenager and try to understand what they are going through and what pressures they are facing.

As a parent, take the time to give your child or children physical attention. Your children seek a physical bond with you, and it can be accomplished by giving each other lots of hugs, kisses, and even by snuggling with them watching their favorite television program or reading a book with them.

To sooth a colicky baby try some skin on skin contact. If you are breastfeeding you can place them against your stomach and offer them some food. You may find that talking to them in a soothing voice or singing a lullaby may stop the tears. You should always stay calm when dealing with an infant, if you find that you are becoming frustrated, take a break by handing your baby to a spouse or other trusted family member.

Be sure to take some time away from your children. This is good for you but also for them. It allows you to have some grownup time but also teaches your children how to be more independent. If you are going to leave for more than an hour be sure they know when you will return.

When possible, make time to volunteer at your child's school. This is a good way for you to see how your child is doing in school. In addition, you will be offering valuable service in helping out the school with activities. Schools are often understaffed, so parental involvement contributes a lot to a school's success.

A great parenting tip is to always be direct, yet calm whenever you have some sort of problem. This will demonstrate to your child how they should react in similar situations. If you're passive aggressive, your child might respond to problems in a passive aggressive way which won't benefit them.

If you have always wanted to be a better parent, one article probably won't get you to where you want to be, but that doesn't mean it won't be a step in the right direction. Use the tips that were presented to you here, and you will see a remarkable difference.

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