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Parenting Techniques For Toddlers
Raising a child has never been easy, it takes hard work, dedication, and a lot of love. Caring for your child is what parents do best and to put it in perspective, here are a few tips to keep in mind when raising your toddler.
The foundation of raising a child is to make sure you have a set of rules in which you and your child won’t bend. If you skip out on the rules you tell your child, they will then have a reason to justify for their skipping out on the rules too. I’m not here trying to tell you how to raise your child because each parent is different. Just make sure you have a clear set of what your children can and cannot do, for the child’s own good of course. Having a solid set of rules will enable you to further your relationship with your child as they become more mature.
Asking for Help is Okay
No parent is perfect. Everyone freaks out over something once in a while or maybe doesn’t know what to do in a certain situation. It’s okay to ask for help. Stay away from those who try and change the values you’ve already instilled in your child. Instead, find someone who may have advice for what you are unsure about. Asking for help is a good thing and should be encouraged for parents.
Plan a Schedule
Having a child, especially a toddler, most of the time you plan everything around them. You go out of your way to make their lives easier and yours too of course. So make things easier on yourself and try to anticipate events ahead of time. Sure something may pop-up that you have no control of, but to minimize the stress of running wild try and plan ahead. Make a schedule of appointments, events, or anything else for you and your child. I know this is not as easy as it seems but making a schedule will help in the long run.
Ah, bedtime. Something children will always try to break. Staying up past bedtime was the ultimate feat as a child, and to brag about it with your friends was the best. Though as you get older you try to get as much sleep as you can get, but back then you didn’t want any. Just remember that all bedtimes are different, so make a different bedtime each year as they get older.
Do Not Over Spoil Your Toddler
Now, this crosses over to positive reinforcement somewhat. If your toddler obeys something don’t over-reward them because they won’t really respect what you tell them, they’ll just want the reward. Another form of this is simply buying your children things for no reason. Don’t get me wrong every parent likes to spoil their child once in a while, but over spoiling is not good. Buying your child a thousand toys won’t do anything other than make your child covet toys more and hurt your pocketbook. Spoiling is okay, just keep it to a minimum.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.