Though every parent dreams of perfectly behaved children who do everything right and never talk back, that just is not the reality for most. Kids are little bundles of energy and sometimes that energy gets misdirected. This article outlines some simple and effective tips for keeping peace in the home.
If you have a difficult or especially demanding toddler, consider part-time daycare or nursery school. These options allow you maintain most of the control in raising your child, but still get them out of the house. Nursery school can provide a situation in which your child is being cared for by someone who won’t give in to their demands and doesn’t mind if they cry.
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.
To encourage breastfeeding in an infant, offer your child plenty of skin to skin contact. Skin to skin contact makes a young infant feel content. It also allows them to smell Mom’s milk and so, want to breastfeed more. The feeling of bonding and closeness that skin to skin contact facilitates is also great for Mom, as it reduces stress.
Do you want your child to value reading? Show them that you value it yourself by providing a number of age-appropriate books, and incorporate reading into your daily routine whenever possible. Read your child a bedtime story at night, and let them see you reading a favorite book just for fun.
To help soothe your upset baby, massage some lavender oil into the back of your neck. Place your baby in a blanket and bounce them in your lap while sitting on the end of your bed. The oil will provide a calming scent and the gentle bouncing will relax both you and the baby.
Want your child to have a large vocabulary? Talk to her! Studies show that parents who spend significant amounts of time talking with their children about everyday events have children with larger vocabularies than their peers whose parents spend less time talking to them. So turn off the TV, put down your book, and start a conversation!
Start your child’s education as early as possible. Even when a kid is little, there are tons of games you can play with them that make learning fun. You can find games to teach them math, science, reading, spelling, etc. It’s never too early to start your child’s education, and if you make it fun, you’ll make them want to keep learning.
Treat your child the way you’d want your parents to treat you. If you hated it when your child screamed at you, your child will, too. Talking in a calm, rational manner is more likely to get you heard than screaming. Show your children how you would like them to behave when they are angry.
Don’t ever answer your children’s questions with “Because I said so!” Well, at least not the first time they ask. It’s important to explain to a child why they’re in trouble, or why they’re not allowed to do something. It’s possible it will make more sense to them and they’ll avoid doing whatever you say not to do because they don’t want to do it themselves!
You love your children no matter what, but sometimes they can certainly test your patience. From little issues like not eating their veggies to bigger problems like fighting between siblings, there is always a solution. Use the advice you have learned here to help maintain a sense of balance within your family.