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Monthly Archives: April 2018

Tips For Stress-Free Parenting

Here are a few tips on good parenting that will provide you with useful parenting help:

Spend time with your children

Find some time everyday to spend with your children. Having a healthy communication is one of the sure ways to strengthen your child parent relationship. Sit down with your child, play with him/her, take her out for a walk and most importantly, talk to your child. These are the little memories that your child will cherish when he grows up.

If you are a homemaker or stay-at-home parent, you have a wonderful opportunity of being there for your child whenever he/she needs you. Utilize this opportunity to spend time with your child in fun and creative activities, doing homework, watching some good programs or CDs or inspirational videos for children that help your child to develop good values, wisdom and morals.

Communication is essential for parent child relationship

Try to connect with your child as much as possible. Listen to your child, and discuss the things which you used to do when you were a kid. Don’t force your opinions on your child. Rather, try to understand your child’s point of view and be understanding.

Be firm to discipline children

In order to enforce discipline, don’t be cruel to your child. Rather be firm and yet gentle. If your child has made a mistake, then explain to him/her gently. Don’t shout or scold. Yelling at your child for every little thing is going to make him/her stubborn and rebellious and lead to child behavior problems later. You have to be very tactful in this. So be firm to discipline your child and yet not lose your peace and poise.

Be a mentor

Practice what you preach. This is the most important mantra of good parenting. If you do not want your child to watch television during meals, you must also practice the same. If you want your child to spend time on reading and other extra-curricular activities, you must also spend some time on these activities. Similarly if you want your child to eat fruits and vegetables, you should do the same.

In short, children closely follow their parents. Whatever you do, your children will follow in your footsteps. So be a mentor to your child. As they say, “children learn to smile from their parents”. To make your child develop a positive attitude and pursue creative activities and good habits, you must lead with example.

Get children involved in interesting activities

Get your child involved in activities which he/she enjoys such as dancing, music, guitar, swimming, sports and so on. But don’t push your child to do something that he doesn’t enjoy. Let him do what he enjoys the most and always encourage him.

Motivate kids with the help using inspirational videos

You can also spend quality time with your child by watching motivational videos with your child together. Various websites offer motivational videos meant for kids that are specially designed for children in the approximate age range of 3 to 10 years old. They convey essential life wisdom of instilling character and values into children such as honesty, kindness and responsibility. Besides these inspirational quotes videos also provide useful parenting advice on raising children with good values and positive attitude.

Tips Make Sure You’re a Good Parent

Taking care of your children can be a complicated process. While there are many useful books and tips on this subject, several myths also exist. In this article, we will examine some of the best strategies to educate and teach your kids, in order to raise them in the best way possible. Read on.

Show physical affection for your child. Human beings naturally crave touch. Whether it’s a hug or a kiss or just a simple pat on the head, touch can be a great way to connect with and show affection for your child. Touch is especially important when they’re sick or feeling sad, since it will comfort them.

When you’re out an about, make sure you introduce your child to anyone you meet. This helps their self-esteem and gets them used to meeting new people. If you don’t introduce your child, you make them feel invisible and ignored. It’s important that your child feel loved and like they’re part of the family.

If you have a difficult or especially demanding toddler, consider part-time daycare or nursery school. These options allow you maintain most of the control in raising your child, but still get them out of the house. Nursery school can provide a situation in which your child is being cared for by someone who won’t give in to their demands and doesn’t mind if they cry.

Let the baby nurse as long as he is still actively sucking with deep drawn motions. If the baby starts to slow down, hold down on your breast for a few seconds to release more milk. If he is still hungry, this will get him going again. If he does not respond then try switching sides as he may have emptied that breast.

Develop patience when dealing with a breastfeed baby who is trying to learn how to use a bottle. Breastfeeding comes naturally to them and bottle feeding doesn’t. Make it a gradual process for the baby so that they are ready to transition when you are. It won’t happen overnight so stay calm and just keep trying.

While going through a divorce with younger children, it is important to give them only the information that is necessary for them to understand. No excess information should be given to the young children or it could hurt their impression of the parent. Your kids should not feel any effect of their parents divorce, even though they always do.

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.

Way to Survive and Thrive as a Single Parent

Being a parent is hard enough. What should they be eating? Maybe you shouldn’t be feeding them those types of foods… those aren’t organic! What fabric softener should you be using? Are you spending enough time with them? Why does my child keep fighting on the playground? These are questions that you may ask yourself every day, and there are times when you might feel like nothing that you do is good enough.

These points are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to parenting, and then there is a whole other side to the task; one that is unfortunately very common- and that is being a single parent. It is never ideal having to face challenges alone, let alone one of them being the insurmountable task of raising another human being! In addition to the financial, physical and emotional loneliness, it can also be hard to maintain a balance between your role as a parent and as someone who has needs of their own.

The fact is that you may have found yourself, through any circumstance, as a single parent. What now? Is it possible to not only survive, but thrive as a single parent too? Of course it is! After all, one of the parts of being a good parent is being a good example, and a good example means a strong, happy parent who survives, thrives and excels beyond that. Here are some tips for surviving and thriving as a single parent:

  • It takes a village… There is an old saying that goes ‘it takes a village to raise a child;’ and this could not be more true. After all, it is hard to survive without any support. However possible, rally people around you and your little ones. Make friends with the parents of your child’s friends. If you can afford it, get a nanny who can spend lots of time with you and your child – enough time that you trust them to help with your child when you have to run an errand or attend an event. If you have family nearby, nurture the relationships. After all, not only will this help you get by in times of need (such as when you are sick, or have a work commitment), but it also brings a lot more love and attention into your child’s life, which is just what every little one needs.
  • Your workplace. Be candid with your boss and colleagues. Make it clear up front that you have a child and are doing it alone. At all costs, do your best to avoid working for a company that is not understanding of your responsibilities. If you have to leave early to attend a parent-teacher meeting, or need to take a day of leave to nurse your sick child, you need to know that your company has your back. If you are working for a larger corporation, or one that is not as lenient as you would like, know your rights. You have the right to take family responsibility leave if your child is sick (although you will need a Doctor’s note), and you have the right to work reasonable hours if you are not being paid overtime. Even if you are a workaholic, do your utmost best to separate your work life from your home life. Your child comes first, and remember, to a child, love equals quality time!
  • Make an effort to have ‘you time.‘ ‘Me time?’ you ask, ‘what’s that?’ Although it can seem impossible when you are so busy trying to work and raise a little one (or ones) all on your own, it is possible and actually crucial that you make an effort to spend time pampering yourself. Hire a babysitter, lean on friends or arrange a playdate so that you can take some time out to meet with friends, go to the spa, or even just to have an afternoon nap.
  • Talk to people. Find someone to confide in. It’s okay if you don’t feel strong all the time, and talking about your problems helps! Even if your friends aren’t single parents or parents at all, don’t underestimate their love for you, and their willingness to lend an ear.
  • Try to further yourself. Even if you can only set aside an hour or so each evening to do an online course or correspondence degree, do something that you feel will help your future. Whether it’s a short course that builds on your existing degree, or taking the time to learn a new language, by learning something new, and being proud of yourself, you will feel like you have some sort of end in sight to your current struggles.
  • Do something you enjoy as often as you can. This should always include exercise! Be active, and get those endorphins pumping! Download exercise videos that you can do in the morning or evening, in the comfort of your own home, when your child is asleep. Go for walks with your little ones and, if you have them, drag the doggies along with you. Read a book in the bath every night; dance while you cook – find joy in the little moments and the simple things. This is your life, and you are living it right now. You deserve to be happy.

Even when you are married with kids, it can be tough to stay afloat, sane and balanced. Being a single parent is another ballgame all together. By following the abovementioned points, you may start to feel like you are not only surviving, but also thriving. But all this aside, remember just how rewarding your job is. Sure, you’re a mom or a dad, and it’s not always easy, but it is worth it. So, the next time that you are feeling overwhelmed, like you are in over your head and barely surviving, cuddle up on the couch with your kid, chat to them about their day and let your heart fill with love. After all, that deep, unconditional love is exactly what keeps you going no matter how hard the going gets.

Ways Choose an Effective Parenting Course

Most parenting courses are bound to fail right from the start. Maybe you have tried some of these programs. Maybe you’ve even read about differing parenting styles or techniques only to be disappointed after. In each case you may have felt as though something was just not right with the material.

Here’s why. Almost all parenting courses that are available involve punishments or rewards, quick fixes or even manipulation. However, these types of courses will not work, or at best, they are only a temporary fix to a bigger, root problem.

Addressing the symptoms and not the problems is the easier thing to do. That is the nature of our quick-fix society today. We want things cleared up now, not tomorrow, and we do not like to wait for things to happen.

There is no quick remedy to parenting. And the right thing to do, by addressing the root of the problem, is emotionally exhausting, and can sometimes feel like a relentless test. But, covering up the root of the problem using a band aid like method is not going to fix the problem, just mask its symptoms. Pent up emotions are bound to erupt explosively, and then there is no training in the world that is going to stop it.

With parenting courses that focus purely on the root of the behavior problem, you will be eradicating the problem right at its source. This in turn will help to support your child’s emotions and growth development in a very positive way.

As a parent, we only want what is best for our children, but by simply addressing the symptoms, we are only damaging their chances of a happy childhood and adult life, thus ignoring “what’s best for them”. By giving your children the tools that will allow them to live a happy and good life, you are ensuring that they will respect you as well as others, and their bad behavior will be just a distant memory.

Remember that obnoxious behavior is the direct result of unexpressed fears and emotions and is a buildup of stress that has not been allowed to be expressed adequately. No matter what their age , you will find that it is never too late to learn new ways of listening and connecting with your children.

Tips For Single Parents To Be In Control Of Lives With Their Children

Managing Stress

Stress will come on when the single parent does not know how to manage it. There are good help books on stress if the single parent has the time to read. Joining a single parent support group is also very essential in coping with stress correctly.

A single parent needs to know how to handle the management of emotional and mental stress; they can be involved in spiritual interactions or meaningful activities such as exercising and hobbies to release stress and tension.

Planning your time

Time is very short to a single parent as there are many things to take care of; work, finances, house chores, children’s health, school, activities and loads of other daily stuff can take up a lot of your time as a single parent. But if you exercise good time management, you can be more productive and effective.

Good time management is crucial to a healthy home for single parents as this trait ensures that you have allocated time for all the necessities in your home to create and maintain a healthy environment of love and growth.

Hence, you can adopt a calendar to note your time management events as well as to re-evaluate better ways of management as time goes by.

Single Parents Support Group

It is very beneficial for single parents to come together and support each other as they have no spouse or even relatives to assist them or share their burdens. When you are all alone as a single parent, the parenting burden can be quite heavy. Hence, it is essential for single parents to meet up with other single parents to share parenting and home building tips than to shy away.

Engage Good Babysitters

A single parent needs time alone for himself or herself once in a while. If you do not have nearby family members or close friends to babysit your children sometimes, hire good and responsible babysitters whom you can trust your children with. Get recommendations from other single parents for good references so that you can enjoy some time off. You may even work out a babysitting plan with other single parents to take turns babysitting each other’s children for some personal off time.