Real Simple Parenting Advice

Here’s a quick list of advice that I put together for my parenting friends and family. A quick refresher can be great for our ever so busy lives. Things change and sometimes we just forget certain things that were so important before. Let’s jump right into these quick tips on how to stay on top of your parenting game, and kill it.

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Take care of your health so you can take care of everybody else. While juggling the kids, your husband, your job, and hobbies, you can forget your well being. Stay healthy, rest, and make sure you have alone time once in awhile. Take a limousine out with your girlfriends once in awhile, and let off some steam. You deserve it!

Be sympathetic to your children’s fears without being too emotional. If your child is afraid of something, don’t play into the fear, definitely, don’t force it upon them, and don’t act upon the fear. A better approach is having a good attitude to get them through it, show them it isn’t what it seems, make it fun, and stay optimistic. For example, if your child is afraid of dogs, be optimistic and tell them “Wow, a doggy! Let’s go see if the owner will let you pet his fluffy fur. Would you like to do that?”

Don’t pay your children to make their beds. Don’t pay them for anything they should do normally and naturally. Allowances are awarded for good behavior not for doing chores. This way you don’t ask them to help you carry groceries, and you get asked, “For how much?”

Books

Let your children read what they want, not what you want. I’d rather have a child be enthusiastic about fantasy books than hate reading the screenplay   books I’d rather them read instead. Be happy that they found a genre of books they are interested in and play into that to be supportive.

Keep a bedtime schedule and stick to it. Staying consistent with bedtimes is crucial. A study showed children that didn’t have set bedtimes had more problems and the longer the inconsistencies lasted, the longer the problems existed. Set a bed time and be strict about it.

H.A.L.T. right there mister. A lot of new parents need to learn these acronyms and remember them, for they can be deemed as useful sometime soon. When children misbehave it is usually because they are either, hungry, agitated, lonely, or tired. Don’t get upset with them, it’s your job to pick up the cues and address their needs.

Homework

The three steps of homework is a routine all of your children should get used to. As soon as they get home, knock out the hardest work. Then no phones or tablets (unless it is needed for homework). Finally, when all work is completed, have them clean up and load up for the next school day and have things ready and prepped by the door.

Routines, Discipline, & Awards, More Important Than You Think?

 Growing children need a variety of different things. Quality time, encouragement, healthy diet and exercise, and the most important of them all, love. There are things you can do to help these traits to be more beneficial to you and your child. Adding a few tweaks could be all the difference you needed in your agenda. How many of you knew that having a routine for your child to follow makes them act just a bit less crazy? This also helps the parent to know when its time, and for what?

RoutineStart the day off right and you’ll always have goodnights. Create a schedule for your children. Make sure they know every move, every hour, and why it’s vital to keep on schedule. Wake up, eat breakfast, go to school, come home, have a snack, homework, play, dinner time, family time, and goodnight. Something as simple as this could change a child’s behavior around. They have a boundary, they have limits, and they have a timetable of what was, what will be, and what to look forward to. Your children deserve to know whats going on so let them know. It helps with their maturity so keep them in the loop.

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Awarding and disciplining has turned my child from a misbehaving and disrespectful little girl to a totally different girl. She did a whole three sixty turn around and it has been great since we made this change. All parents will have their own way of rewarding and disciplining our children which are fine. What needs to be put into action is being consistent with it. Consistency is key! Award your child when goals are met or behavior has been kept up. Whether it be a lollipop or a trip to the movies, the main goal here it to show them that good behavior is rewarded. Discipline should be dealt with as a way to prove that bad behavior does not get overlooked. Take something away, timeout, however, you decide, go with that.

When adding these to your mad parenting skills make sure that you communicate. Don’t underestimate your children. They understand more than we all think and we don’t give them enough credit for it. So let them know what’s going on, why you are doing this and how. They will more than likely be more open to the idea than it being spontaneous and out of the blue information. Add these small ideas to your bag of tricks and see how much greater your actors and actresses get!