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.
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?”
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.
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.