Be The Best Parent You Can Be
Mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, cousins and best friends has an idea about how you should be a parent. While advice from other parents can be useful, it’s a lot easier to digest when you’re not being commanded to act! Read below for some advice from parents who’ve been there, but are not telling you what to do.
As you buckle your child into his or her car seat, you should check to ensure that the shoulder straps are snug – not tight enough to cause red marks or indentations, but not loose enough that the child could wiggle out of the harness. To check whether or not the shoulder restraints are too loose or tight, try to pinch the straps together above the buckle. You should not be able to pinch them together.
Do not let your children gang up on you. If you are a typical couple than once you reach three children they will already outnumber you and your spouse. One good technique to avoid this is to have confrontations with children one and one. This prevents the giggles from setting in and you are able to maintain your authority.
If you are taking a trip that will require a plane trip, keep this handy tip in mind. You can easily strap your child’s car seat into the plane seat by getting a lap belt extender from your flight attendant. It will keep you from having to struggle with the buckle when it is time to remove the car seat.
A great parenting tip is to involve the whole family when it comes to making decisions. Start having family meetings. This will make every member of your family, including your child, feel more responsible and helpful. Don’t just think you’re the only authority and that you should make all the decisions.
When birthdays or other gift giving holidays come around, instead of taking your child shopping, help them make a present. Not only will your child get to be creative and give a unique gift, but you’ll get to spend quality time together. This is especially good if the present is for the child’s other parent or another relative.
When you find yourself torn between spending time with your child and keeping the house immaculate, let the chores go to some extent. Your kids will remember fun times and making happy memories with you, but they will not remember that the kitchen wasn’t spotless or that you didn’t vacuum daily.
It is okay to go to the drive-thru if you are having a very hard day and it would make things more convenient for you, but do not make that a part of your regular routine. You should use this as a treat for the children, instead of feeding them these foods regularly, because this habit can lead to child obesity.
You should take the advice above and merge it all into a parenting encyclopedia in your mind. It’s great to look at situations others have dealt with to see what you can learn from them. It will make you a much better parent just for caring enough to want to learn!