You always try to be the best parent you can be but sometimes still feel like you fall short! Do not despair, every parent feels this way at some point! Use the tips below to learn how to become a better parent and have a stronger sense of communication and effective, fair discipline.
When your children first start getting homework, help them have a comfortable, well-lit space near enough to ask for help if they need it. Make sure to check in often and see that the work is actually getting done, and offer positive reinforcement for all homework that gets done.
Learn to breastfeed your baby in public so that you will be able to breastfeed for your child’s first year of life. Mothers who have not learned how to discretely nurse in public tend to start offering bottles and that is usually the beginning of the end of a breastfeeding relationship.
Toddlers can be picky when it comes to trying new foods. Studies show that a toddler might have to try a food 10-15 times before they like it. Encourage them to try a bite, if they do not like it try it again in a few days. You will be able to tell if they are going to ‘bite’ or not.
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.
While discipline is often necessary to keep your children in line, if it is inconsistently applied it can be worse than no discipline at all. If disciplinary actions seem random to your kids, they will tempt fate by continuing to act out. Develop a consistent plan for discipline and make sure that all the other adults who care for your children understand it.
A great parenting tip is to work together with your spouse if you’re married or part of a couple. If the two of you aren’t on the same page, both of your parental efforts might get foiled. By working as a team you’ll be able to solve problems together.
If you have trouble getting your child to not do something, it is generally best to specifically instruct them to do something else. For example, if you do not want your child to run down the stairs, instead of stating “don’t run,” it is better to state “please walk down the stairs.” When told not to do something, a child is more likely to instinctively ignore the instruction. Also, it avoids situations where the child might decide to be clever and jump down the stairs instead.
Your child probably is not meaning to frustrate or disobey you. In fact, he or she may be breaking rules in order to draw your attention to a bigger issue. Use the tips above to recognize how you and your child communicate so you can improve it for both of you!