With parenting, there are no definitive rules on how to do anything, exactly the right way. While this may seem to be a daunting fact, remember, that every person new to parenting always feels the same way. However, with a bit of sound advice, you can get off to a great start with your child. Follow these tips and advice, if you want to begin your career as a parent on the right foot.
Show physical affection for your child. Human beings naturally crave touch. Whether it’s a hug or a kiss or just a simple pat on the head, touch can be a great way to connect with and show affection for your child. Touch is especially important when they’re sick or feeling sad, since it will comfort them.
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.
Consider teaching a young toddler or older infant signing. Even if you don’t use special “baby sign”, toddlers will have an easier time communicating with their hands than with their words. This is an especially useful technique if you have a toddler with a language delay, as it provides them with a channel for communication.
Sometimes, unpleasant disciplinary actions must be handed down. “First, feelings; then discipline,” is a highly effective approach that begins with a positive statement that acknowledges the child’s feelings (right or wrong) and then explains your reason for setting the disciplinary consequences. This can help reduce the levels of resentment following the action.
If you need to put an eye drop in your child’s eyes, place them on their back and lay a toy on their stomach. This will cause them to look down and allow you the opportunity to put a drop of medicine on the inner part of their eye. When your baby glances back up toward you, the drop will go in without any problems.
Use your smart phone as a baby monitor. If you are visiting someone’s home or you are on vacation and do not have your monitor, you can download an application that will let your phone function as a monitor. If the baby makes a noise, your phone will call a number that you put into the application.
Make sure you have your child’s password for any social media sites so you can easily monitor on-line activities. Whether you ever log on to their account or not, knowing you can encourages your child to be more responsible with the information or photographs shared and their interactions with others.
If you are going to take your children on a long road trip, stop as often as you can to keep them from getting too cranky. Although people may want to reach a destination quickly, children will be easier to deal with when they can run off steam. Stopping to eat, or at a park to let the kids play will make the journey a little better.
One of the most important things to remember when raising a child is to stay calm. No matter how angry or upset you get, you need to take a deep breath and calm down before you react. If you react while you’re upset or angry, you’re liable to make rash decisions that you’ll regret.
Parenting is not a science, so while not everyone will agree on particular thing, you can choose and try different things to see what works for you. This is important. Take the advice that you feel will get the results that you want from your child. You now have solid information and advice; the next step is up to you. Good luck!