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50 Parenting Tips You Should Know


The 50 parenting tips that every mom should know. These are the best parenting tips around, find out how you can be a better parent with these helpful parenting tips.

  1. Encourage your child to "show how much you appreciate" a gift, rather than put the words in their mouth by telling them to "say 'thank you.'"
  2. Put an end to shouted conversations. Implement the rule: if I can't see you, I can't hear you. Save your sanity and your voice.
  3. Is your child afraid of going to bed alone? Assign one of his stuffed animals as his bodyguard. Prop it up on the bed or on a chair so they feel there is someone watching over them.
  4. Before going out or someplace new, set limits and remind your child of the boundaries ahead of time.
  5. The next time your child is upset or has a problem, instead of offering a solution, ask him to tell you what he thinks he should do.
  6. Don't force your child to "clean her plate." Instead teach her to put a little on her plate and ask for more if she is still hungry.
  7. Ease bedtime battles by setting up a regular bedtime routine so your child has a consistent signal that bedtime is coming up: read a story, take a bath, or drink a glass of warm milk.
  8. The bedtime routine should allow your child some input, so he feels like he is involved in the process, let him choose the story or pick out his pjs.
  9. Be honest. If your child asks you a question and you don't know the answer, tell her. Maybe you two can figure out the answer together.
  10. Keep the TV out of the bedrooms. Children with TV in their rooms weigh more and sleep less.
  11. Be a team. You and your partner should be on the same page regarding your parenting style. Discuss rules together and agree on what you both think is fair. It is important to be united.
  12. That being said, give your partner leeway on small things he or she does that you don't agree with.
  13. Your unified parenting team isn't just you and your husband. Ask anyone else who regularly interacts with your child, including grandparents, babysitters, or older siblings, to reinforce your rules.
  14. It's okay to let your child feel guilty if they have done something wrong.
  15. Assert your authority, not by yelling, but by whispering. You'll be surprised by how well this works!
  16. Is your child having a meltdown in the supermarket, and refuses to let you carry her out? Grab her from behind, avoiding a face-to-face approach will usually yield better results.
  17. Let your child know that no matter how much you love him, he is not the center of the universe.
  18. When planning your meals for the week, ask your kids if they have a request.
  19. Save those memories! Once every two months, take an hour to make a photo album of your most recent memories. You'll be thankful when your kids are older.
  20. At least one meal a day should be spent eating together. Sharing dinnertime conversation is a wonderful chance to reconnect as a family and develop proper eating habits.
  21. Make sunscreen a part of getting ready for the day. Keep it next to the soap so they don't forget to put it on each morning.
  22. Make time for story time every day. When your child is capable, ask her to read to you!
  23. Give your child a chance to self-soothe by putting him to bed while he is still awake.
  24. If your child doesn't want to talk now, that doesn't mean they won't feel like talking later. Make sure they know that you will be available when they are ready to talk.
  25. Give your toddler chores as soon as they're capable. It will teach independence and assertiveness.
  26. Pick your battles and focus on consistently enforcing the rules that really matter, like telling the truth, no hitting, and being respectful.
  27. Know who your child's friends are.
  28. But remember, it is not your job to make your child popular, do not micromanage your child's friendships.
  29. Offer to help with your child's homework only if they are stuck. Pitching in too much will make him think he can't do it on his own.
  30. Teach your young child to make eye contact when meeting a new person by asking them to tell you the color of his or her eyes.
  31. Share your hobbies with your kids--but do not take it personally if they don't take a shine to it.
  32. Don't play Devil's advocate if you don't know the whole story, take your child's side.
  33. Compliment your child to another person when your child is within earshot.
  34. Play with your kids every day. If the weather is nice, go outside, if not a fun card game is perfect.
  35. Encourage your child's independence and teach them manners by asking them to open the door for you or hold it open for someone else.
  36. Don't give up on that green vegetable your child won't eat. Keep serving it, and eventually he or she will try it.
  37. Another tip for a picky eater: Play the tasting game. Have your child taste everything on the table and ask them to describe the taste.
  38. Understand the difference between discipline and punishment. Punishment is the consequence of doing something wrong. Discipline is enforcing limits so that your child learns how to behave.
  39. Forgive yourself for hitting the drive-thru. Some days are too hectic for a home cooked meal.
  40. Establish family time, a game night or movie night, once a week when the whole family is expected to be together for quality time.
  41. It's okay to seek help if you are not sure what to do with a problem you are having with your child.
  42. Do not give in to bratty behavior and tantrums.
  43. Praise your children for good behavior as often as you admonish them for bad behavior.
  44. Don't finish your child's sentences for them, let your child finish his thought before speaking.
  45. Be affectionate and mushy with your spouse in front of your kids.
  46. Show how proud you are of your child by displaying his schoolwork or artwork prominently at home.
  47. Respect your child's privacy.
  48. Open up your home to your children's friends.
  49. Start a journal for your child and write about special moments in her life. When she is old enough to write, she can keep the journal herself.
  50. It's okay to admit you've made a mistake, especially to your child.
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