Great Advice About Many Common Parenting Issues
Pregnancy is a time of many unexpected things happening.
Every day brings a different experience and is one day closer to holding a baby in your arms.
New moms are advised to learn as much as possible.
This article can help to give you some of the knowledge that you will need for the times ahead of you.
Use a pump or hand express milk if you are engorged and the baby is not ready to eat when breastfeeding.
There are few things more painful to a new mother than having produced too much milk and not having a way to release it.
Our bodies gradually start to produce only what is needed for the baby but it takes a little while to regulate.
By expressing some of the milk you can reduce the pain until baby’s next meal.
Going from one activity to another can be difficult for small children.
An abrupt switch from on activity to the next can induce stress, and it will end in a melt down.
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.
For men who are fathers, it is important that they spend as much time with their children as the mother does.
Children end up succeeding more in life when they have had both of their parents around.
Taking them out to a park for a few hours or taking them to a ball game are two great ideas.
Sometimes, the best reaction is no reaction at all. When your child throws a temper tantrum or fit, remain calm.
Do not try to bribe him or her to behave, but also avoid making irritated or caustic remarks with the intention of threatening or shaming the child.
Instead, continue speaking normally, getting chores done and addressing the child, as if he or she was not acting up.
Do not smoke in a home where your kids are living.
You should even think about completely quitting smoking.
Second hand smoke affects health just as much as first hand.
Smoking around your children can be very hazardous and cause many respiratory issues including asthma, bronchitis or pneumonia.
If you want your child to have a healthy emotional intelligence, make sure to validate their emotions and discuss emotional expression with them.
Children learn when it is appropriate and inappropriate to express emotion – show them that emotions are a natural and valid means of expressing our feelings by labelling emotions for them, discussing both their and your emotional expressions, and validating their feelings.
For young children, do not underestimate the power of naps.
They need more sleep than an older kid.
Children can usually stop napping around five or six years old.
Young toddlers should be taking up to two naps a day, and children 1.5 and older should still be taking one nap per day.
A great parenting tip is to look at the efforts of your own parents as a base to work from and not the only way to raise your child.
There is nothing worse than repeating the same mistakes with your child that your parents made on you.
Always strive to come to your own solutions.
Playing outside with your child will benefit the both of you.
Spending time together drawing with chalk on the driveway, will strengthen the bond between you both; opening doors to insightful conversation.
Playing together outside will also help keep you both physically fit and help you to live happier, healthier lives.
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 was not spotless or that you did not vacuum daily.
As was expressed at the start of the article, pregnancy is a time of many unexpected things.
Reading about pregnancy and babies can be a great way to gain the knowledge that you will need.
By learning from this article, you can make sure that things are developing the way they should be, throughout your pregnancy.
Winsome Coutts holds a teacher’s certificate in education and is author of Go for Your Goals for kids – a set of downloadable e-books that guide your child through the joyful steps of learning visualization, goal-setting and the Law of Attraction.
Simple language enhanced with beautiful illustrations and worksheets make these books appealing and motivating.