Parenting With Less Hassle: A Few Good Child Rearing Ideas
Make sure your parenting skills are the very best they can be, by adding some great new tips to your knowledge set. No matter how good you think your parenting skills are, there is always more that you can learn about being the very best parent that you can be. Take a look at the practical tips in this article.
While in times of frustration you may want to tell your kids the tried-and-true line “because I said so,” it can be very helpful to both your child and your relationship with your child to explain why you have certain rules. Encouraging an inquisitive nature and explaining your rationale for parental direction, can provide your child with a better understanding of right and wrong. It also will show them just how much you really care for their well being.
Choose a day, or a time during the day, and reserve it for family time. You can have a movie or game night, eat dinner together as a unit or have theme nights. These events encourage communication and make your children feel special. They also help them feel more secure in their family.
Instill in your child the ideas of thankfulness and gratitude. Be sure they thank people who help them, in person. Also, involve your children in writing thank you notes for gifts and kind deeds they receive. Young children can dictate the note to you as you write and older children can fill in the blanks or write notes on their own.
Being a good listener is a very important skill that every parent should have. Your child will feel more comfortable talking to you and therefore will talk to you more if the child knows that you are always willing to listen. Parents should start to listen to their child as soon as they are able to speak so that the child will grow up knowing that their parents are always there to listen to them.
If your toddler will not eat vegetables try hiding them in their foods! You can add diced vegetables to many foods such as macaroni and cheese or pancakes. Your toddler will not know the difference when they are eating a muffin that they think is a treat but it has carrots grated in it!
Hang a calendar in your child’s bedroom to make note of which days your child has library, gym, music and art to help you child get in the habit of being prepared for school. Marking library day on the calendar will ensure that library books won’t be forgotten. Marking gym days will tell your child they need to wear sneakers.
Add traditions to enrich your life with your children. Whether you start daily, weekly, monthly or annual traditions, these little routines can mean the world to your children, whether it’s a special snack time every day after school or an annual summer camping trip. Kids thrive on routine, and traditions give them something to look forward to.
Living up to your parenting responsibilities is an ongoing process that can be enhanced by continuing to learn new approaches and new methods. As you can see by the article above, there is still a lot to learn as you grow in your parenting skills. You will be glad you did.