Parenting Advice to Avoid Stress
Parenting advice is something readily available and often given, whether the parents want it or not. It seems like anyone who has even seen a baby has an opinion on what is best for your child. The information can become overwhelming unless you learn the mantra, “Thank you for your input, I’ll keep it in mind.” If you can muster up a smile, you’ve earned extra points. No one has been offended and life can carry on as it always has.
The awful truth is that all children are not the same and will respond differently to a degree. With that said, the inverse is also true, there are a few universal truths that apply to all. The most important gift you can give your child is consistency. If you say you’re going to do something, do it. That builds a bond of trust between you and your child that will be built upon for a lifetime. Another is choosing your battles wisely. Remember to take the child’s age and developmental stage into consideration before interactions, especially when you are angry, and if it’s possible to turn their mistake into a lesson, use the opportunity to teach rather than discipline. Have them help clean up the mess they made, showing them that all actions have consequences.
These two habits when taught young and kept through to adolescence, will save you countless hours of aggravation but this last bit will save your life. Repeat to yourself that very rarely are things going to turn out the way that you planned, and that’s perfectly okay. Don’t let the whisper of doubt hold you back. Laugh with your children, make memories with them, most of all, listen to them. As they become adults, you’ll realize that those are the only things that truly matter.