How To Be The ‘Cool Parents’ Without Giving In
You need to fix your parenting skills and turn around your child’s bad behavior as soon as possible. Further delay and these actions will turn into bad habits and eventually a lifetime of bad choices. Use the advice in this article to learn how to best raise your children.
Establish a relaxing, fun bedtime routine to help ensure your child a good night’s sleep. When a child is having fun playing, or excited about what he is doing, it’s a real mood-buster to hear the dreaded words, “Bedtime. Right now!” Instead, try to wind down the evening with a 15 minute warning, followed by a bedtime snack, tooth-brushing, or maybe a few minutes of cuddling on the couch. An interesting, funny, or happy bedtime story is the perfect end to your child’s routine, as it gives him some alone time with you and helps him relax on his way to dreamland!
Spend time with each of your children one-on-one each day. Even if you only spend 15 minutes with your child, as long as you are completely focused on the child it will improve your relationship. By spending this time together, you are communicating that your child is important to you.
Make sure you’re teaching by example. Your child is much more apt to learn behaviors when you exhibit these behaviors. It’s been proven that children learn by mimicking those around them. So if you’re telling your kids not to yell in the house and you’re doing it, they’re more likely to follow what you do than what you say.
Help your child to refrain from overeating at mealtimes. With the rise in childhood obesity in our country, it is extremely important to help our children to recognize when they are still hungry and when they tend to eat out of boredom. When your child cries, “I’m still hungry!” suggest another activity or maybe a glass of water instead. If they really are hungry, they will let you know very shortly. Then encourage them to have a healthy snack such as veggies with a low-fat dip, or some fruit. Sometimes they really are hungry, but by distracting them for a few minutes, you may find that they were just looking for something to do.
If you have a young child who avoids eating anything green, try to make your vegetables more interesting. For example, if you stick broccoli florets into his mash potatoes and tell him that he is a giant eating up a forest, he just might play along and eat his broccoli. His enjoyment in playing this game will take his focus away from “yucky” vegetables.
Setting boundaries is what it is all about when it comes to your children and technology. Moderation can be your guide when setting limits on how long your children can use the Internet or make calls on a cell phone. Make your boundaries age appropriate and you will find that you will have more time to actually talk to your children.
In conclusion, you need to make sure that you start raising your children properly as soon as possible in an effort to curb bad behavior. The tips and tricks in this article will be perfect to start using on your children and within your family in order to have a healthy family.