As anyone with a child knows, parenting is far from an easy and simple task. Being a parent means being responsible for another life, not only financially but also morally. Being a parent means influencing the future with simple actions today. Here are some tips to help any parent shoulder the responsibility with intelligence and grace.
Make sure your child has time to be a child! Don’t force them to grow up and deal with things too early. Kids are only young once, and it’s important that they get to make the most out of it. Give them time to play and explore and to just be a kid.
Take advantage of carpools when sending your children to school. A carpool allows you to not have to shuttle your children back and forth to school every day. It also gives your children some extra socialization time with the neighbors. You save time, and save on gas as well.
Do not allow your own mood to interfere with consistent disciplinary approaches for your children. Even if you are tired or feeling irritable, you should not deliver an uncommonly harsh (or uncommonly lax) disciplinary action. Failure to consistently use the same method creates an impression of flexibility and “wiggle room” that can greatly compromise the effectiveness of your rule-setting.
Use your smart phone to soothe your baby with noise. You can download a white noise application and then place the phone near your child. This is particularly useful if you are going for a walk or if your child is riding in the car. You do not have to use white noise; there are a wide range of other calming sounds available.
A great parenting tip is to work together with your spouse if you’re married or part of a couple. If the two of you aren’t on the same page, both of your parental efforts might get foiled. By working as a team you’ll be able to solve problems together.
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.
Thunderstorms can be frightening to young children. Next time a storm rolls through, yell “BOOM” and laugh as the thunder claps, and encourage your little one to do the same. The next time a storm rolls through your child will think it’s a game because you showed her how not to be afraid.
Demonstrating an interest in the hobbies and pastimes your children enjoy is a great way to connect with them and stay in touch. While kids do not appreciate being smothered in attention – especially as they grow older – if you show a genuine appreciation for their passions they will open up to you.
The above tips can’t possibly cover the whole complex scope of parenting, of course, and every child is unique and deserving of individual attention — but these tips can certainly help parents stick to the proper path for raising a beautiful child into a healthy, functional, productive adult. After all, in parenting, every correct action, however small, contributes to a child’s future.