I’ve picked up some interesting parenting tips from friends and families that have been really helpful. I’d love to share them with you and hear yours.
Always show yourself unmerited love and kindness.
Sing the same lullaby when you’re putting your baby to sleep, so he knows its bedtime.
If your baby is crying, tend to him, and don’t ignore. They’ll appreciate that you’re trying to be there for him.
Put your phones down and try and be present as best as you can.
When you whisper they’ll pay more attention to you.
From my family members,
Always bring fun snacks when you’re heading out.
Pacifiers are great when you’re out and about with your baby, it prevents them from picking random things off the floor and putting them in their mouths.
Pay attention when your kids are speaking to you, guide them and don’t demotivate them.
Always let your kids know what you’re about to do to them (in a way, asking for their permission) for example, “when you go to bed later, I’ll be trimming your nails ok?”. Or, “tomorrow morning we’ll be getting a haircut ok?”.
Use a timer if you want your kids to do things faster; getting out of bed, showering, put on his clothes, anything at all.
From my friends,
Compliment your kids when you see them doing something good. For example, “I think you made grandpa really happy when you shared your snack with him” it teaches them empathy.
When my little kids (5-7 years old) use to get into trouble I would ask them, are you a problem solver or a problem maker? They’ll always want to be the solver.
Always say goodbye to your kids when you leave, even if it means some tears.
When my toddler would get restless in a mall, I would start some simple games to distract him with, like ‘only stepping inside the lines’ on the tiled floors. And he would focus on that.
If your kids did something wrong in public, pull them aside to let them know you’re unhappy about it. Explain to them why they shouldn’t do it again. Don’t embarrass them in public by scolding them or yelling at them (treat them with respect)
What tips and tricks have helped made parenthood easier for you? I would love to hear.