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Parenting Tips
Becoming a parent is one of the biggest milestones of our life. Becoming Mom is one of the happiest moments in our lives that marks the beginning of a series of unknown joys, tears, problems and frustrations. The tiny little one in our lap sparks feelings that had been previous unknown to us.

Here we will throw light on several different aspects of parenting and the common challenges we have to face as a parent. We will cover different aspects of child care, know about child development, understand health issues in children and how to better help our children when they fall sick. There are issues about child safety and what to feed them.

Being a parent can be a joy, but it's also a tough job. No parent is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. Even loving parents sometimes do things they don't mean to do, such as yell at a child or call a child a bad name. But if you think you're having trouble controlling yourself, get help so a pattern of abuse doesn't start.

All parents get frustrated. Children take a lot of time and energy. Parenting is even harder when you have problems in your own life, such as worries about your job, your bills or your relationships, or problems with alcohol or drugs. To be a good parent, you have to first take care of yourself. That means getting help for your problems. Take a break. Everyone needs a break from being a parent once in a while.

Many parents lose their temper with their children. It's okay to feel angry, but it's not okay to take it out on your children. When you're really angry, take a break. For example, take your children for a walk or call a friend to come help you. If you feel angry with your child almost every day or have trouble controlling your temper, get some help by talking to your family doctor. He or she can offer advice and provide resources to help you. There are groups that can help parents, also.

There's not just one right way to raise children. And there's no such thing as a perfect parent or a perfect child. But here are some guidelines to help your children grow up healthy and happy:

  • Show your love. Every day, tell your children: "I love you. You're special to me." Give lots of hugs and kisses.
  • Listen when your children talk. Listening to your children tells them that you think they're important and that you're interested in what they have to say.
  • Make your children feel safe. Comfort them when they're scared. Show them you've taken steps to protect them.
  • Provide order in their lives. Keep a regular schedule of meals, naps and bedtimes. If you have to change the schedule, tell them about the changes ahead of time.
  • Praise your children. When your children learn something new or behave well, tell them you're proud of them.
  • Criticize the behavior, not the child. When your child makes a mistake, don't say, "You were bad." Instead, explain what the child did wrong. For example, say: "Running into the street without looking isn't safe." Then tell the child what to do instead: "First, look both ways for cars."
  • Be consistent. Your rules don't have to be the same ones other parents have, but they do need to be clear and consistent. (Consistent means the rules are the same all the time.) If two parents are raising a child, both need to use the same rules. Also, make sure baby-sitters and relatives know (and follow) your family rules.
  • Spend time with your children. Do things together, such as reading, walking, playing and cleaning house. What children want most is your attention. Bad behavior is usually an attempt to get your attention.


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