The challenges of raising children change on a daily basis and sometimes on an hourly basis. Whether your child is a toddler or a teenager, they do not come with an instruction manual. This article provides some real-life tips to help you navigate through the obstacle course parenthood can be sometimes.
Use a pump or hand express milk if you are engorged and the baby is not ready to eat when breastfeeding. There are few things more painful to a new mother than having produced too much milk and not having a way to release it. Our bodies gradually start to produce only what is needed for the baby but it takes a little while to regulate. By expressing some of the milk you can reduce the pain until baby’s next meal.
It is important that you recognize the signs that your child is ready to start using the toilet. By pushing them to use it when they are not ready, you can actually delay the whole process. Some signs of readiness include having regular bowel movements, staying dry for at least two consecutive hours, and coming out and asking to use the potty.
When you have your first child, don’t buy every gadget on the market. There are a million products out there for your infant and the truth is, you don’t need most of them. Buying a million things will only clutter your house up and cost you more money than you need to spend.
It is important that you properly discipline your toddler when they bite you or someone else. Letting them get away with biting will just make them think it is okay. To show your toddler that you mean business, firmly tell them they cannot bite or take away their favorite toy.
Avoid arguing with your spouse in front of your children or their friends. It is important that the two of you show a united front, even if everything is not pure bliss on the marriage front. This does not mean you must act like the perfect couple, just that you are united in cases regarding children.
Use the magic behind magnets to entertain your kids. You can easily keep a cookie sheet and some magnets in your car so when your child becomes bored, they will have something to do. You can use any kind of magnets as long as they are large enough to keep them from choking on them.
If you cannot seem to get your child to take his medicine when he is sick, try adding the medicine to a spoonful of chocolate syrup. It will be like they are eating a bit of candy instead of the medicine that will make them feel better. Everyone will feel better.
A great parenting tip is to never blab to your child’s siblings or other people when your child divulges a secret to you. Not being able to keep a secret is a surefire way to lose your child’s trust. Unless the secret requires intervening, you should just keep it between you and your child.
Children have a natural desire for independence and achievement. You can satisfy those desires and build their confidence by enlisting their help in the household chores. If you are unloading the dishwasher, let your little one hand you the spoons. When you are folding a pile of clean laundry, let the little ones sort out the socks. Helping out around the house will help them to feel independent and gain self-esteem.
While this article still does not provide you with an instruction manual for raising your children, try some of the suggestions to help make parenting easier. Every child is different and every age presents different challenges, but these tips can help you through problem areas or challenges with a different perspective.