Although parenting is arguable the most important job in the world, it is, ironically enough, one of the few jobs that comes with little to no required training. (Not to mention no pay!) Anyone, after all, can be a parent. Faced with such an important job, where can parents go to for guidance?
The most important thing to remember while disciplining your children is consistency. Parenting during the terrible-two’s can be challenging, for both little one and adult. At this stage children like to push the limits of what is and is not allowed. Make sure that you set clear boundaries and are consistent with your time-outs so children know what is expected of them.
Think about how your child will perceive your words and actions. Your kids need to know that you are trustworthy.
Make time to play with your children every single day. Playtime helps get you and your children moving, which benefits your health. Playing also encourages creativity, social interaction, imagination, and good self-esteem. Active play is better than passive, so take your kids to the park or even just the yard and let loose your inner child.
It is important that you recognize the signs that your child is ready to start using the toilet. By pushing them to use it when they are not ready, you can actually delay the whole process. Some signs of readiness include having regular bowel movements, staying dry for at least two consecutive hours, and coming out and asking to use the potty.
If you want to facilitate good study habits, make sure your child has a full belly. A child needs energy to study effectively. It will prevent them from becoming over tired and keep their brain working. A small snack, like an apple or some peanut butter crackers, can do wonders during study time.
If you think that your young child may have Autism or another communicationg disorder, make sure to get them tested as soon as you can. It is a proven fact that children who are diagnosed and treated at a young age have a better chance of leading a productive life than a child who started treatment later.
Try to avoid giving children “I told you so answers.” Although in some specific cases this may be necessary there is generally a better way. It is very important for children to understand why they should not do anything because this allows them to grow as a person and to learn how to make their own good decisions.