Parents let’s be honest. Parenting is not easy. But, it’s not an impossible task. And when it comes to parenting, the “rules” change regularly and this can bring confusion. Nowadays, you will find many parenting tips and advice on social media channels, forums, and blogs.
Of course, every parent wishes the best for their kids. They want to raise happy and healthy children and to be great, modern parents. And new parents are willing to combine modern parenting techniques, with the ones that have worked for them. Also, they are trying to avoid the trait of toxic parents. But, what it’s suitable for your child? Just keep reading and find methods that modern parents swear by.
One of the most common parenting “issues” is bedtime! Babies and toddlers can easily adjust to sleeping patterns and will follow them as they grow older. Just remember that it is essential for young kids to get enough sleep. It helps them with their overall development and improves their attitude throughout the day. In order to create a stable sleeping pattern, you have to create routines. For example, try reading a book before bed or sing a lullaby. Also, avoid any electronic devices before bedtime.
Eat your veggies
Having kids is a blessing. But, feeding them can sometimes be a struggle. Of course, pediatricians urge women to breastfeed exclusively for the first six months and later add some solids foods. And before you know it, you have a toddler strapped in a chair, throwing spaghetti on the floor.
But, there are ways to make your kid try many types of food. For example, you can add colorful foods to their plate (corn, green pepper, carrots, tomato) and play fun games with these colors. You can also go grocery shopping together and let them choose what they want to eat. Also, kids are naturally curious. If they want to taste what’s on your plate just let them take a bite. They might like it! And don’t forget that the family table has no room for electronic devices.
Too cool for school?
School is one of the most stressful subjects in every household. Parents want their children to succeed academically. But, this expectation might cause stress to both parties. In order to avoid this situation, you have to help them improve their abilities, and make them understand that they can succeed if they put on the effort. If your kids learn to embrace their skills, they will accept feedback and will work harder to achieve their goals. Always check on your kids if they are overwhelmed with school issues and stand by their side. After all, you are a team!
How to discipline?
Kids are amazing! But, keep in mind that they are humans too. They have their ups and downs. And sometimes kids have to learn how to behave. There are some types of children’s behavior every parent should worry about.
Toddles, for example, can be a challenge. You must have patience, in order to make them understand the simplest set of rules. And even if you have to give a “time out”, let them know that you don’t like their behavior, but you love them. Also, try to give rewards, if they show good behavior. Your kids will definitely want a reward again and again.
Sooner or later, you will have to face an angry kid who might yell in your face. And this is the perfect time to set boundaries and show your kid that you are the parent. It’s ok to feel bad, but sometimes it’s unavoidable.
Note: Never use physical punishment. Even spanking is unacceptable. Try to communicate with your kid and be persistent.
Managing the screen time
Many young parents don’t want their kids to waste all of their free time in front of a screen, playing video games or watching online videos. But, here is the thing. We live in the age of technology.
Everyone spends time in front of the screen. But the real question is: Can you manage it? Of course, you can. Instead of denying them any screen time you can watch a movie together, read a book online or download educational apps. Also, you can set rules regarding screen time. For example, your kids can use a device, like an iPad, for 1 hour each day, no phones allowed when you are eating and no screens bedtime.
All of the above are great pieces of advice for your kids, but the parents must follow them as well. If you spend all your free time in front of a screen, your kid might do the same. Monkey see monkey do! Also, never forget to strengthen marriage after kids, this is equally important as modern parent.