New parents almost never have to ask for parenting advice. These are given to them whether they ask or not. But admit it first-time parents sometimes need the help of experienced parents. Other times, they can trust their gut instinct. But tried and tested never hurt any first-time, overwhelmed parent. With that in mind, read on for parenting tips that can help you journey more smoothly in parenting.
Believe in Them, and They Will Believe in Themselves
From your baby's first steps to his first soccer game, the child will feel motivated by an encouraging parent. Do not doubt their abilities. When parents show confidence in their children, the young ones are empowered and the parents are bound to witness wonderful things.
Give Them Plenty of Opportunities for Growth
Parents want what is best for their children. They are concerned over getting the best education, learning opportunities, and activities for their children. Let children enjoy and learn from the process. Growth does not always appear as achievements. Sometimes, growth happens when children learn from their failures, yet still have their parents there to support them.
Be Specific When Teaching a Lesson
Provide quality lessons during teaching moments. Remember that children have a short attention span. So, whether you are teaching Mathematics or want your children to learn an important value like honesty, keep lessons short and simple. This way, they are more likely to understand, retain the lessons, and put it into practice.
Support Your Child's Own Dreams
Children are not born to be molded into someone else's perception of success, Financial Express reminded. People are happier when free to express their individuality. Parents are a great help for navigating through life. But, it is equally important to set aside expectations. You may have planned for his best interests, but he may not be interested. This is where parents become flexible.
Kids Get Bored with Repetitions
While routines are necessary, children also need new opportunities every day. They can get bored with the same toy as much as adults get bored with mundane happenings in daily life. Rotate toys, books, and activities. Teach them something new each day be it a new word, physical activity, or a new activity.
Feeling Guilty is Natural
Mom guilt, wife guilt, friend guilt-all these are normal for new parents. With the addition of a new role, it will take some time to adjust. Realign your standards with your new role. Women are first to take a step back from their previous responsibilities as they are now responsible of raising a new generation. At the end of every day, you fulfilled what matters most.
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Embrace Each Phase; Live Every Moment
"The days are long, but the years are short," so the saying goes. There are days that get so overwhelming, the end seems to drag. But take the time everyday to "stop and smell the flowers," or in the case of new parents, to hug your child longer, cuddle, laugh together, and enjoy your newborn, toddler, or whatever phase your child is in. Remember, even seemingly endless nights of trying to soothe a teething baby will not last forever.
Instead of always looking ahead to the future-where your kids are teenagers, your husband gets that promotion, your family moves to a new home, you go on family holiday, or you finally rejoin the workforce-do not forget to enjoy the small loving moments in the present.
Brush Up on the Latest Research
Parenting is a widely-researched field in psychology. Scientists study many parenting styles and practices. Adopting parenting techniques backed by research can make parents feel more confident in their parenting.
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