Parenting can be the most rewarding thing in your life. Yet, it can also be the most frustrating. You are not alone in feeling this way. Parenting takes experience, and it helps to find out some of the ways that other parents have found helpful. Read this article for some ideas.
Stick with your child’s established eating and sleeping schedule as best you can when you are traveling with him or her. Travel can be stressful for everyone, but it is particularly difficult for children, especially infants. Having their normal rituals in place makes the new space seem less scary and more relaxing, which will help everyone get to sleep.
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.
Do not let your children gang up on you. If you are a typical couple than once you reach three children they will already outnumber you and your spouse. One good technique to avoid this is to have confrontations with children one and one. This prevents the giggles from setting in and you are able to maintain your authority.
If your toddler is having a tantrum, one of the most effective ways to get them to calm down is to minimize other noise and activity. Do not try to pick up your child; use a little table or chair and a blanket to make a small tent that he can go under. Give him a familiar object and let him relax.
Remember to reward good behavior with praise and recognition. Children usually hear more reprimands for bad behavior than praise for good behavior and that might become discouraging to them. However, if you praise them for specific good behavior that they have exhibited, their confidence will be lifted, and they will exhibit the good behavior more often.
When your children quarrel, take the opportunity to teach them to respect the other child’s personal boundaries, to help resolve the problem. You can help them learn to respect personal boundaries by first giving them the words to express their own boundaries. Your child can then protect his or her boundaries by moving away from the problem.
A great rainy-day project to do with your little ones, is making macaroni masterpieces. Take pieces of construction paper, elbow macaroni, child-safe glue, and crayons and lay them out on the table. Let your little one color the pieces of construction paper, and then help him glue the macaroni to his drawing. He will be proud to see his own macaroni masterpieces hung from the refrigerator for all to see.
Being a parent can be the biggest challenge in your life. Children are unique individuals, and the key is to find methods that will work in your family. Try the suggestions you just read, and continue to seek out other advice. The more experience you gain as a parent, the more effective you will become.