This New Years you’ve likely made several resolutions. Perhaps it’s to become a better person or workout more to lose weight. Regardless of what you are striving for, when it comes to parenting, there are a few things you can do to top your resolution list.
A few parenting tips can greatly shape your family and even help keep your UK home safe. So where can you start? Check out these 3 things to consider:
Tip #1: Make more one-on-on time with each child
It’s safe to say that all children act out—and often times it’s a cry for attention. As little as 10 minutes a day (with each child) can greatly improve not only your relationship with them, but also their general temperament. Being able to spend quality time will strengthen your bond and provide cherished moments that you’d otherwise never experience.
Tip #2: Take the time to listen
Being a parent is no easy job—it’s not a standard 9 to 5 where you can just stop and have a break. And with that said, it’s easy to not pay attention to what your child is saying (or perhaps even demanding). Whether your child is being coherent or is on the floor whining and crying, they are trying to get something from you. Take a moment to take in what they want before taking a course of action. Communication goes both ways, so listening (even on your part) is important. This simple tip can alert you of something wrong that needs your immediate attention.
Tip #3: Develop concrete routines
Believe it or not, people—all people thrive on routines. We like to know what to expect during the various parts of the day. So whether it’s getting your child up and ready in the morning, putting them down for the night, feeding them, etc. get something concrete going for them to follow. Routines will not only make your life easier, but will help your child from acting out. And while this sounds like an easy thing to establish, it’s a difficult to establish—especially in the beginning, so just stay the course and things will eventually fall into place.
This New Year presents many opportunities for positive change. And with that, parenting styles and habits always have room for improvement. These simple tips can help you start off the year on the right foot—just take it one day at a time.