THE BEST PARENTING ADVICE YOU WILL EVER READ

Raising children is challenging! Parenting is not easy to do! You may not feel ready for the task ahead of you. However, raising responsible children can be done! What a delight it is! Following are some ideas to make child rearing made easier:

Try to make sure that you never force a child to eat. If it is mealtime and they simply refuse, accept that and offer up nutritious foods when they do become hungry. If a child is truly hungry, he will eat what you put in front of him.

Make sure you don’t overload your child with work. Too many parents keep piling work onto young children and they overload them. Make sure your child has time to play and just relax. It’s important to balance work and play, especially when your child is just starting school. It’s too easy to ask too much of them at once.

In order for your child to feel a sense of belonging in the household, it is important that they share tasks around the home so they feel they are contributing. Tasks assigned should be appropriate to the age of the child so they do not become overwhelmed and get discouraged.

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 learning to discipline your child, do not make threats that you will not go through with. For instance, if your child throws his toy, do not say you are going to throw the toy away, if you are not going to do it. If your child knows you will not really do something, there is really, no need to listen.

Sometimes squirmy toddlers and kids wiggle their way out of their car seats or learn to unbuckle the straps. Instead of trying to reach behind Grocery Store and make the needed adjustments, you should pull the car over as soon as you possibly can in a safe spot. Do not attempt to strap your child in while the car is still moving.

Even if your sick child begins to show signs of feeling better after a few days of antibiotics, you should follow the doctor’s orders exactly and finish the course of therapy. If your child does not finish the entire dosing plan, weakened bacteria may remain in his or system and become resistant to the antibiotics.

If you’re interested in boosting your child’s cognitive development, consider limiting the amount of time they spend watching television each day. Research indicates that hours spent watching tv has an inverse relationship with academic performance - the more hours spent watching tv, the lower the grades tend to be.

Check toys for safety before allowing your toddler to play with them. Look for things like long cords, sharp edges, lead paint or parts small enough to swallow. This is especially important if you have older children in your home. Toys appropriate for a school-age child can be dangerous to a toddler.

Praise your children. Some parents are very good at focusing on the negative, but forget about the positive. When a child is praised it lets them know that their parents love and appreciate them. It also makes them more likely to repeat positive behaviors. Try to look for something to praise your child about at least once a day.

If your young child is afraid of monsters in the dark, acknowledge his fears, even though you might think that his fears are silly. In your child’s mind, the monster is real enough, and if you do not acknowledge that, he will think that you do not understand him. A better way is to give him a way to deal with the imaginary monster, like telling him that his blanket gives him “magic powers” against the monster. This way, your child will be empowered to deal with his own fears.

So, are you ready for the challenge? Sure you are! Apply the suggestions that are practical to your individual child. No doubt, your hard work will be rewarded when your child reaches adulthood and is a delightful, responsible person!