This is the essential list for all you parents out there. Do you need some guidance with your children’s upbringing? Well, you’re in luck, since this list of simple yet effective parenting techniques will make your life a little bit easier. The parenting ideas and tricks listed here are important in improving your parenting abilities. Or just keeping your sanity while parenting the kids. Do you want your young children to quit fighting in the car? Are you looking for the ideal spot to stow your candy? Do you want your children to eat their vegetables and take their medications? Whatever problem you’re having as a parent, we’ve got a solution for you. Take a look!
This Year Rethink Your Parenting Norms
Changing rules that have been in place for years does not often occur to us. A rule may have outlived its usefulness, but we continue to enforce it because we’ve always done so. That’s why, in this brand-new year full with possibilities, I recommend that we update our parenting standards. We should consider whether this year is the year to abandon the “no snacks on the sofa” rule because, in reality, the kids no longer leave crumbs all over the place when they eat.
Let Them Do Chores
Children as early as two or three years old can begin helping around the house. As toddlers and preschoolers, the small ways they “help” can provide a foundation for them to build on as they grow older and learn to become self-sufficient individuals. Every child is unique. Some children can cut vegetables by the age of seven, while others cannot be trusted with a sharp knife until they are old enough to drive. When it comes to housework, it’s critical to play to your child’s talents and preferences.
Understanding Your Child’s Mood
When non-parents confidently declare how they would parent in XYZ situation (a toddler throwing a tantrum in Target, a child who refuses to eat anything other than chicken nuggets, a teenager who is always on their phone), they often don’t realize that the parent they’re smugly judging from afar is parenting their one unique, specific child. That child, too, has an own personality, wants, and temperament. More than half the struggle is figuring out your child’s temperament, which they are essentially born with. Even as early as infancy, you can observe signs of a child’s intrinsic disposition. When a baby is hungry, some will cry, while others will scream.
Some will be smiling almost all of the time, while others will be more serious. Your toddler may be attempting to climb every structure on the playground before they can even walk; mine was the one who remained on the sidelines for the first half hour, unsure if that shit was safe. Although we can’t change our child’s temperament per se, we can adapt our expectations and improve our relationships with them if we understand it.
Spend Your Parenting Time More Wisely
You may want to do everything with your children (in theory), but you can’t. To get more out of each moment, you can get a little smarter and more intentional about the time you do spend with them. You know the activities you enjoy doing with your children, but it’s possible that you’ve been spending just as much time doing things you don’t enjoy because you feel obligated to. And maybe you’ve been doing those things because you believe they’re crucial to your child’s development—but they aren’t.
Our children’s validation for work and time, as well as the support they require, change dramatically throughout their youth. When they’re younger, they might want us to accompany them to every school drop-off and pick-up so they can enjoy the few extra minutes of having a captive audience—until they’re older and prefer to take the bus or walk with their friends. If you’re not sure, ask them.
Respond Better To Tantrums
There are certain ways you can use to manage tantrums more quickly—or altogether avoid them—depending on your child and the reason for the (most of) tantrums they have. When it comes to many elements of parenthood, notably tantrums, what works for one parent and child almost never works for the next parent and child. So, starting with why our kids get so damn furious in the first place, this is where we’ll discuss all we’ve learned so far about the fits they throw.