Tips To Help You Become A Better Parent
Being a parent is hard work but it does have great rewards. Children are our best chance to make a difference in the world. What they become depends on how they are raised, taught and the opportunities they are given. They depend on their parents for everything for the first dozen years of their life.
Every child needs to play. You can improve your child’s upbringing by ensuring that his or her daily schedule has some time free for unstructured play every day. This should be time away from television or video games, and ideally outdoors. Join in your child’s play to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle.
An important tip to consider in terms of parenting is to make sure that you take care of yourself first. While this may sound selfish at first, you need to make sure that you are in a good condition to care for your children both in mind and body.
To get out the door on time in the morning, set an “alarm ” – something fun and friendly, not jarring, to go off a few minutes before you need to be out the door. This will remind your kids how much time they have and to finish up what they are doing so they will be ready to go.
Communicating with your child regularly from an early age is very important. Not only does this directly help with basic things such as vocabulary and pronunciation, but it also helps them to become more comfortable communicating with you. You want your child to grow up in an environment where they feel comfortable communicating with and coming to you. It becomes significantly harder to establish this kind of environment as they get older.
When you are traveling with your baby, be sure to set up your room as soon as you arrive at your destination. The closer the set up is to your room at home, the more comfortable your baby will be. This will help keep things as calm as possible during your stay.
You may think all those public service announcements will serve to teach your teens they should stay away from drugs, protect themselves from STDs, and to be responsible drivers, but that’s usually not the case. Parents need to discuss these issues with their children, explain their values and express what they expect from their kids.
Teaching your child to take good care of his teeth will set him up for a lifetime of smiles. Regular checkups, sealants to protect the teeth, and proper dental care at home, will keep teeth healthy and cavity-free. Starting good oral care early in life will prevent many problems and potential disease later in life.
Even though most parents work hard to give their children everything they need, sometimes it is not enough. I have two children and four grandchildren and believe the one thing children need from their parents is to know they are loved. Just giving them material things is not enough.