Excellent advice for New Age parents
As anyone with a child knows, parenting is far from an easy and simple task. Excellent advice for New Age parents
Being a parent means being responsible for another life, not only financially but also morally.
Being a parent means influencing the future with simple actions today.
Here are some tips to help any parent shoulder the responsibility with intelligence and grace.
Be wary about introducing pacifiers to your breastfeed baby.
Pacifiers are designed to take care of a baby’s need to suck, however the reason a baby needs to suck is because that is how they breastfeed.
If they can satisfy their need to suck elsewhere it will hurt your breastfeeding relationship. Limit pacifiers for at least the first 6 weeks.
Reading is a very important part of your child’s education.
Reading is involved in every part of the learning process and it is also a huge part of society as a whole.
Everyone must be able to read and communicate.
Encourage your children to read at home and assist them in whatever ways possible to keep them at a high reading level.
Use common household items to keep your child entertained.
Items such as empty paper towel rolls, pots and pans, empty boxes and old clothing, can easily occupy a child’s imagination without a lot of financial investment.
As an added benefit, children encouraged to use their imagination in play, are often more successful at problem solving as they get older.
Before taking your child to the doctor, prepare your young one for the visit.
This can be reading a book about doctors or even role playing.
Children often feel anxious about visiting the doctor, so preparing them for the visit and letting them know that the doctor’s office is not scary, will calm their fears.
Get to know all of the people who are a part of your child’s life.
You need to take the time to know your child’s teachers, day care workers, doctors and anyone else that may play a role in their lives.
It will benefit you in many ways but it will also benefit your child by you knowing that they are in good hands.
When it is time for your children to return to school.
Have your middle school and high school age children tuck a few garbage bags in the corner of their lockers.
You never know when they might get caught at school in a rain storm without their raincoats.
Garbage bags are big enough they can even tuck their musical instruments safely inside out of the rain.
If your child is a frequent visitor to the nurse’s office at school, he or she could be a victim of bullying.
Studies have shown that children who are bullied (and also children who are bullies themselves) make the most trips to the nurse’s office.
If this sounds like your child, be sure to ask them about their relationships with their classmates to determine if bullying is the culprit.
What you can do during the Holidays
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.
The above tips can’t possibly cover the whole complex scope of parenting, of course, and every child is unique and deserving of individual attention — but these tips can certainly help parents stick to the proper path for raising a beautiful child into a healthy, functional, productive adult.
After all, in parenting, every correct action, however small, contributes to your child’s future.