Parenting can be a difficult process to describe. Every household changes from one person to the next, based on tradition and religion. The dynamic posed by placing sometimes radically different people in an environment and telling them to raise a child is by nature unpredictable. This article, however, can lend some useful tips that almost universally apply to good parenting.
It is important to realize that children learn through the games that they play early in life. Simple counting games and shape recognitions can help them learn. There are many games that are available on the market, but if you do not have the money to buy them, you can definitely make some great games yourself using materials you have at home.
Make your marriage a priority when you have children. If you and your partner are on the same page and communicating well with each other, your children will grow up in a positive environment. In addition, your children need to understand that there are times they can’t be your sole focus.
Encourage your child to drink lots of water. Sugary sodas, juices with hidden sugar and even sugar free drinks add extra calories and unhealthy artificial sweeteners to his diet. Drinking water will keep a child well-hydrated and help to maintain a healthy digestive system.
If your baby is irritable and not relaxing as quickly as you want him to, head to the bathroom with him. Make yourself comfortable on the toilet and rock your baby as you have the exhaust fan and the faucet running. These sounds mimic the sounds of the noise of the heartbeat in the uterus.
Look into slings and baby carriers designed for twins. They do exist and they are fabulous. There is a learning curve for getting two babies into a carrier but the benefits to mom and baby are enormous. Wearing your babies will allow you to get things done with your hands free and the twins get the emotional connection and intellectual stimulation from being right with you.
To soothe a fussy or colicky baby, try baby wearing. Using a wrap, sling, mei tai or other carrier keeps your baby snuggled close to your body, and he or she can feel your movements and hear your heartbeat. Your baby may even nap in the carrier, allowing you to do housework or have your hands free for other tasks.
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.
Discipline is important when raising children, but punishment can ruin a child’s future. Making the distinction between loving correction and angry retribution is critical; a child must learn to trust you before they will truly change their behavior. To build love and trust between your children (while also correcting their wrong actions) repeat the fact that you love them, even in discipline. Also, wait until you are calm before delivering discipline; never act in fury.
Said before, no method is objectively the best. People disagree over parenting styles all the time, some favor strict households while others believe it’s best to treat their children as adults, and grant them the freedom as such. Hopefully this article helped to advise a few wayward parents who seek direction when it comes to their model for raising a child.