Parenting is one of the greatest accomplishments we will make in life. It is also one of the greatest challenges. It is not difficult to become overwhelmed when trying to meet these challenges. The following tips will provide direction in keeping that from happening. They can help us accomplish what sometimes seems like the impossible.
Use a pump or hand express milk if you are engorged and the baby is not ready to eat when breastfeeding. There are few things more painful to a new mother than having produced too much milk and not having a way to release it. Our bodies gradually start to produce only what is needed for the baby but it takes a little while to regulate. By expressing some of the milk you can reduce the pain until baby’s next meal.
A great parenting tip is to let your child make their own decisions sometimes. When you always make decisions for your child, they’ll grow up being incapable of making their own decisions. This can really hurt them in the long run. Give your child a little independence sometimes.
If you find that you need to put eyedrops in a baby’s eyes, it may seem to be an impossible feat. Lay your baby on her back and set a favorite toy on her belly so she will look down at it. Place a drop in the corner of your baby’s eye and this way when she looks up again it will gently roll into her eye.
If you find that your baby’s diaper tends to leak over night and during naps, consider investing in a bag of diapers that is a size too big for her. It will absorb more liquid and keep you from having to lose more sleep than what you already do by not having to change the sheets and pajamas.
Talk to your insurance agent about safe driving programs and suggestions, before your teen gets their driver’s license. Most insurance companies offer free or low-cost programs designed to improve driver safety for new drivers and knowing that your child is aware of basic safety guidelines helps your peace of mind, especially behind the wheel!
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!
Parenting most definitely has its challenges. It also has its rewards. Those rewards are often the most important we ever receive in life. The tips outlined above are useful in keeping us focused on the goal of raising happy and well adjusted children; children that will ultimately step confidently into the world and take their places as productive adults.