Parenting can be the most rewarding task you will ever undertake. It does not come without its set of challenges though, and those challenges can sometimes lead to stress, exhaustion, and even anger. So how do you get through the day to day tasks involved in parenting without losing your mind? Let’s look at some simple tips that can help.
Eat dinner with your family as often as you can. Eating dinner with your children encourages healthy eating habits. It also allows you a chance to re-connect as a family, to discuss what went on during the day. When you eat together as a family, you know where your children are and what they’re doing in the evenings, which makes it easier to curtail or control destructive behaviors.
Don’t force your child to study only one subject at a time. Studies show that humans learn better if they study two or more subjects at a time. This gives the brain a short period of rest to absorb material, and our brains also learn more effectively when subjects are integrated.
Tell your friends and family that you plan to breastfeed and educate them as to why. Let them know that you will have moments of stress and doubt and that they should help remind you of why you are doing this. If you provide family and friends a list of reasons why they will be much more likely to encourage and support you when things get hard.
But… but… but… please… don’t breastfeed in public.
Giving firm and clear instructions can help when you have trouble getting a child to listen to you. Asking your child to do something generally gets poorer results than when you firmly tell them to do something. For example, a common problem that many parents have is getting their child to brush their teeth at night. Asking the child to brush their teeth is not going to be as successful as telling them it is time to brush their teeth.
Reading your child a bed-time story is a great bonding experience at the end of the day. After dinner and bath-time, put your child into his or her pajamas and curl up with a book or two. Laying in bed reading, helps your little one to wind down after a busy day of learning and exploring. Beyond having a love for books, your little one will look forward to bedtime, each night.
Your marriage is just as important as your children, so take good care of it. You need time together as a couple to ensure that you keep the passion alive, so make sure to have a date night once a week where it’s just you and your spouse. The kids will be there when you get home!
Talk to the school about those heavy text books your child is expected to carry back and forth between school and home. Despite efforts by the medical community to alert them, many schools remain apparently oblivious to the potential dangers of children carrying loads that are too much for them physically.
Make sure you pick your fights wisely, both for your child’s well-being and yours. Fighting over what your child wants to wear to school is going to seem hugely insignificant down the road when they’re grown and have moved out. It’s much nicer to be able to look back on your relationship with happiness.
Make sure that you are consistent with the rules and expectations that you set for your children. If you are not consistent, your child will not know what he is supposed to do. He will try to see what he can get away with because he realizes that you are unpredictable. If it is necessary to change one of your rules, make sure your child knows about it in advance.
Be as positive as you can about your children and their actions. Children have an amazing sensitivity to their parents’ mood. If you stay happy, they will tend to be happier. Demonstrating a positive attitude to your children will encourage a good sense of self-esteem in them and encourage them to trust you.
When your children demonstrate an interest in or a talent for a particular activity, do all you can to cultivate their new-found hobby. Kids derive great benefits from excelling in any field, and they are far more likely to do so in a field they enjoy. Nurturing your child’s natural interests can provide a huge boost to their confidence and self-esteem.
Parenting is a rewarding and amazing experience, but not one without frustrations. As we have discussed in this article, exhaustion and stress are a regular part of parenting, but they do not have to be an all consuming part. With a little help from the tips provided you can be a better parent and a happier individual.