Parenting is one of the most important tasks we can ever undertake in life. Through effective parenting we lead our child from infancy to adulthood. Our goal, of course, is to equip them to eventually enter the world of adulthood as responsible and productive human beings. We accomplish this by example.
Clear off a space on the kitchen counter, lay your child back on a rolled towel, and run water from the faucet over the hair and scalp. This can help many toddlers who fear having water poured on their head or don’t like their head being dunked in the water.
Try to attend every performance, sporting event, or whatever your child has going on. This is a great way for you to show your child that you care about them and to encourage them in whatever they want to do. If you have multiple children and their events conflict with each other, one parent may have to go to one event and the other to the other event; but always try to attend these events unless you absolutely cannot.
Praise your children often! If you ‘catch’ your child doing an appropriate behavior, tell him how proud you are. Children love positive words and praise. Hearing kind words will help your child to feel good about himself and will cause him to continue trying to do good things to receive more praise.
Learn how to properly bring your baby to your breast in order to avoid improper latching techniques. A bad latch will cause pain to for mom and a less than satisfactory feeding for baby so it is very important to latch your technique. Make sure to always bring the baby up to your breast and check that he has a large amount of the areola in his mouth for the best experience.
Exercise caution when diagnosing siblings who start to display symptoms of an illness shared by another brother or sister. Although families with multiple children often share germs, viruses, and illnesses, sharing medications or neglecting to take each child to the doctor increases the risk of health problems caused by unchecked or misdiagnosed ailments.
If you are cutting your child’s bangs and can’t seem to make them look right, do not trim them from ear to ear. Try starting at the end of one eyebrow and cutting in until you get to the end of the other eyebrow. This will make your child’s bangs look like they were professionally cut.
Lead by example. Don’t spank your kids for hitting, it makes absolutely no sense. Your kids look up to what you do more than anything else. Show them the kind of person you want them to be. The more you act out what you are saying, the more they will believe that you are doing the right thing.
In conclusion, our children learn to be productive well-adjusted adults by following our lead. We show them responsibility by being responsible ourselves. We demonstrate the importance of love and nurturing by providing it to them. They learn because we teach. The tips provided above help us be the teachers we need to be.