Thoughtful parenting begins with the commitment to never stop learning new strategies to improve your parenting skills. What kind of parenting style you use is up to you, but every parenting style can be more effective with the addition of fresh ideas. Take a look at the practical advice below.
An important tip for parents is to become acquainted with your children’s friends as well as their parents. By getting to know your children’s playmates and also their moms and dads, it is possible to develop a sense of comfort and confidence in the types of influences to which your sons and daughters are regularly exposed.
When you have a newborn in the house, be sure to split the parenting responsibilities between both Mom and Dad. Splitting up the responsibilities will keep both parents from becoming exhausted, and give each parent a little alone time once in awhile. It will also help to allow each parent to get some much needed sleep, especially through the night.
Get your kids in the kitchen. Asking them to help, even in small ways, with meal time will get them more interested in the meal you’re preparing. They’re likely to eat better if they are more interested. In addition, it keeps your children from becoming bored while you’re trying to cook.
Join a breastfeeding support and parenting group prior to giving birth to help you be comfortable in your breastfeeding. Women who join a group prior to giving birth are usually much more comfortable with breastfeeding than those who didn’t. The ability to learn and ask questions prior to having a crying baby in front of you is a lifesaver.
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; many times opening doors to insightful conversation. Playing together outside will also help keep you both physically fit and help you to live happier, healthier lives.
Reading your child a bed-time story is a great bonding experience at the end of the day. After dinner and bath-time, put your child into his or her pajamas and curl up with a book or two. Laying in bed reading, helps your little one to wind down after a busy day of learning and exploring. Beyond having a love for books, your little one will look forward to bedtime, each night.
Parents, you have homework to do prior your child’s first day of school! Before the first school bell rings, be sure to make school seem like a fun place to be. This will help to ease their fears of being in an unknown environment. For example, try coloring on a piece of paper and then tell your child this is what they will be doing in school.
As mentioned above, no matter what parenting style you choose, you can make it more effective when you seek out new ideas. The key to thoughtful parenting is to recognize that you can always use fresh ideas to make sure your parenting skills are right for you and your child.