Parenting can be fun, interesting, and certainly full of challenges. In today’s society we are dealing with more and more single parents, or families that live far from extended family. Working through the challenges of parenting when you’re “on your own” means you need a little help. This article will discuss some of the best advice available for working through the most difficult times.
For children who have a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep, it is advised that you do not allow them to nap. Napping will make them less tired when it comes to bedtime. Instead, let them go to sleep at an early hour even if it means that they will wake up earlier.
Children often unconsciously reflect the image that parents project upon them, so make sure that whatever label you choose to apply to your child, it is a positive one. Instead of responding to a complaint of boredom with, “You’re driving me crazy, find something to keep yourself busy”, opt for a more encouraging directive: “You’ve always been such a great artists. Why don’t you try coloring or drawing for a few minutes?”
If your child will be walking to his or her school, map out a set path before the first day. If possible, opt for the route that allows for as much space between the edge of the sidewalk and the street. You should also try to avoid, or minimize, the number of times your child will have to walk across the street.
If your children are playing with toys and sets that have dozens of tiny pieces or parts, use a cookie sheet as a sort of place mat. The raised edges will prevent small pieces from being scattered around and lost forever. And clean-up is simple: just tilt the cookie sheet and pour everything back into its box or container.
Start focusing on nutrition very early in the child’s life. If you are able to convince them that they like healthy foods you can help them to avoid many of the health traps that the majority of adults suffer. You don’t need to deprive them of treats, but show them healthy tasty treats.
An effective way to stop a tantrum is to ignore it, as difficult as it may be for you. Children usually throw tantrums to get attention. If you stand next to a child while he is throwing a fit, you are giving him an audience and he will have no incentive to stop. Just make sure that the child is in an area where he will not hurt himself and leave him alone. When he sees that his tantrum is not getting a rise out of you, he will eventually stop.
As we have discussed in this article, parenting can be challenging, especially when a parent is single or a family lives far from their relatives. Working through the challenges of parenthood doesn’t have to be impossible though. Follow the tips and advice given here to help improve your parenting style.