What are your best parenting tips and tricks? (Weekly Topic Inspiration)
As a mother or father (or an observant daughter/son), what tips and tricks can you share with other parents? Share them as part of the Weekly Topic Inspiration challenge! To grab some group support and some search-friendly titles, stop by our forum thread: http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/94632
When your child is acting out in public be firm and do not give in to the demands, screams or lying on the floor tantrum. Do not raise your voice. Say "no" firmly and remove them from the situation. Trying to talk them out of their current emotional distress is not going to work - it is probably going to make it worse. Their brain is in overload and like a grown up who is emotionally overwrought, they cannot make or see sense in this moment.
Later, when they are calm, talk to them (but keep it short) about what happened and how you expect and require them to behave in public in future. Let them know that everyone gets upset at times - even you.
The best advice I ever got was to build my children's lives around mine instead of the other way around. In other words, don't turn your life upside down when your kids are born. Work hard to integrate them into the life you love as best you can. Continue to do what you enjoy and find a way to do those things as a family. Travel, visit, hike, bike, have dinner with friends, keep up with your hobbies, etc. even after your kids are born. It's not always easy, but it makes life with children so much more fun if you find the ways to maintain the integrity of your life as an adult and as a couple even after you have kids. I liked the advice so much I ended up writing a parenting book about it after I raised my three kids that way.
Always treat a child with dignity and honesty. Never, ever, lie to them for any reason. They are alway worthy of the truth and the time it takes you to tell them. Do not show them violence in any form. Do you really want to see fear in your child's eyes?
They may be small, but they are just as worthy of fair, honest and loving treament as any adult.
Tip on How to Resolve Public Tantrums
First off, you as a parent have to analyze your child. Each and every child is a little different. So, if I was to give you one time as if it would generally apply to all children then I would be fronting.
For example my child is a very intellegient 3 year old. She is too smart for her age, and she is fully aware of this. Yet, she is very energetic, and very inquizzitive. She loves to get into things; and she loves to push limits. She is a high acheiver.
So sometimes in public she tries to push the limit. She may decide she doesnt want to leave out of a certain place for instance. So, what I do is. I ask her calmly at first, because if she see's i'm getting angry then she will feed off of it. Then once she refuses about 2 times, then I say "ok". Simply that. I am the adult--i am the parent, and I refuse to fight with a child in public. So then she is confused, because she was looking for a public battle. Yet, I know that I cannot spank her in public without a possible dfax incident. Yet, I also know that I cannot fuss at her too harshly or that will bring unwanted attention. So, I just say "ok, Amiracle!. Then I turn around and walk off. Okay, I got things to do! I'll see you later. " She gets upset because I wont turn back around and get her. Then she hurries behind me, and we do just as I originally wanted-- we leave. This way their is no public brawl or any public attention.
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I think the book Playful Parenting is awesome! While it's not always easy (or appropriate - depending on the behavior), I think finding playful ways to engage your children is a great way to get them to cooperate. Instead of yelling: GET YOUR COAT ON!, turn it into a fun game ("I bet you can't get your coat on before I do" or "the tickle monster is going to get you if you don't get your coat on"). One bit of advice I liked was that if you feel yourself getting angry and think you might yell, make yourself into a silly monster - it relieves your own tension and lightens the scene.
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No tips or tricks here. I had four children..all I did was protect at all times, teach from day one by just talking and reading to them and always love. It worked for us. Maybe it will work for others? Oh, and make sure that no matter if you have one or more.. make sure each of them are treated with the same love and understanding as the next! Everyone needs to feel important. (Even us adults.) Good luck to all who want to become parents. It's very rewarding! My children are the single greatest, and most successful thing's I've ever done! And no...my children aren't "things". Just saying...being a parent is the best thing I've ever done!
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My adopted son is autistic so we just mess about all the time. No use scolding him anyway takes no notice at all. Best policy is just treat him like a mate but make sure he knows where the boundaries are, Even if he tries to cross them most of the time.
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I have no tricks when it comes to parenting. I do have tips that have made my daughter and I closer. First, no matter what age, listen to them. I mean really listen to them. It does get a bit rough when they bring up things that you don't want to explain or are not ready to explain but shutting them out or lying to them is not going to do anyone justice. My daughter is almost nine and she gets a bit nervous when she wants to talk to me about difficult topics but she knows that i won't lie to her but I also do not offer information to her that I do not feel is proper. However, kids at school talk and kids listen. I do have to admit that i sugar coat some of the stuff or put an adolescent twist on things but I never lie to her and when she's confused she knows that she can come to me no matter how difficult it is.
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