Straight-To-The-Point Tips For Better Parenting And Better Behaved Kids
When kids are at their best, your pride shines through you like a beam of light. When they’re at their worst, you feel like they’re possessed by Satan. We’ve gathered some tips and tricks from parents who have felt both ways and have learned how to deal with any situation that came their way.
If your preschooler resists going to bed, try working with him or her to develop an evening ritual. Once you’ve worked it out together, make a chart or picture illustrating what happens. Each night, you can use this as a guide to help your child fall asleep. If they try to demand something else, use the picture as a tool.
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.
Building your child’s self-esteem will create a foundation they will blossom from. You have to accept their shortcomings and help them grow past them. You also need to remind them that humans aren’t perfect, and neither are they, but that’s just fine! Everyone makes mistakes, but those who learn from them will go further in life.
If you’re in a relationship, whether it’s marriage or just disabled dating, make sure it’s a healthy one. If the relationship is failing, you need to cut your losses and try and end it civilly. Children can cope with a friendly divorce better than they can if you drag out a failed marriage and are at each other’s throats.
Homework can become very frustrating for children. Sometimes, the amount of homework our children bring home can seem daunting, to say the least. When your child seems too stressed-out during his evening sessions, try suggesting a homework time-out to ease the tension. Having a snack, drink, or maybe just some conversation about his day will sometimes do the trick. Breaking the work up into more manageable tasks can help as well.
Taking the time to read to your child is old-fashioned, but its benefits are proven. Besides providing some of the one-on-one time that can be so rare for the modern parent, reading aloud encourages an appreciation for storytelling and language. This translates into real benefits in school, as your child has a step up on learning reading and writing skills.
Even though you have ultimate authority as a parent, you should still explain things to your child. Simply saying, “Because I said so!” for every response is a really authoritarian way to rule over a child. Take your time and explain to the kid why he or she must do as you say. Help them understand why it is for their best interest, and you can eliminate some problems.
Whether beaming or frowning, always remember that kids are doing the best they can with the resources they have. It’s your job to provide them with the tools to learn right from wrong and good from bad. So, keep up your hard work! The goal is to raise amazing adults, and there’s no question that someone who takes the time to read this article IS going to reach that goal!
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