No parents are ever perfect! Even if you think back on your childhood as being amazing, your parents made mistakes, too. The beauty is that a few mistakes will rarely lead to permanent damage in a child. That said, here is some advice from parents like you on how to do the very best you can rear a child.
If you’re away on a trip without your child, make sure you call them at least once a day to tell them you miss them. This lets the child know that you love them and haven’t forgotten about them. You don’t want your child to feel like they’re not as important as your friends or your job are.
When trying to potty train your child, it is advised that you give them a reward each time they successfully use the toilet. This reward can be their favorite food or candy, a sticker, or anything else they enjoy. By doing this, they will be encouraged to consistently use the potty.
Use clothes or items from the mother to wrap a bottle in if the baby is having trouble getting used to drinking from it. The smell of mom in the clothing will help calm the baby because he will associate it with his mother, thus making him more likely to give it a try.
Consider teaching a young toddler or older infant signing. Even if you don’t use special “baby sign”, toddlers will have an easier time communicating with their hands than with their words. This is an especially useful technique if you have a toddler with a language delay, as it provides them with a channel for communication.
Here’s a cool tip for parents of twin babies: Paint your baby twins’ toenails to help tell them apart. As infants, even fraternal twins can look so alike that it can be impossible to know who is who, especially when you are sleep deprived. Assign a color of nail polish to each child and paint just one toenail of each to keep straight who is who!
Many children hate the bitter, chalky, or sour taste of commonly prescribed liquid antibiotic medications and vitamin and mineral supplements. Ask your pharmacist about medication flavoring options; some medicines can be prepared with a bitterness suppressor and sweetening agent. Popular flavors include cherry, banana, bubble gum, and even chocolate silk pie.
Even though you may get tired of your mother’s advice, you should always listen to what she says. Remember that she has, at the very least, raised you so she does have some previous experience. Also know when it is time to tell your relatives to back off a little. Advice is welcome, commands shouldn’t be.
Use your smart phone to soothe your baby with noise. You can download a white noise application and then place the phone near your child. This is particularly useful if you are going for a walk or if your child is riding in the car. You do not have to use white noise; there are a wide range of other calming sounds available.
A great parenting tip is to never verbally abuse your child. Abuse is abuse, no matter what form it is. Verbally abusing your child can make them feel worthless, confused, and can lead to a multitude of emotional problems in their later life. Never verbally abuse your child under any circumstances.
In the end, no one’s advice is perfect, either. Your situation will call for different reactions than my situations with my children. In fact, each child will need different treatment to deal with their own personality type. Just remember that your kids will grow up to be healthy, happy adults as long as you love them, and that’s the easy part!