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Reacting To A Situation When You Are Frustrated Is Never A Good Idea

April 11, 2012

Parenting is a lifelong, and sometimes difficult journey, with moments of success and disappointment. It is an adventure and the tips presented here are meant to assist you on your way. Carefully consider which pieces of the following information are right for your individual needs.

If your child is three feet tall or has developed the ability to climb out of the crib, it is safe to say that the time to switch to a bed made for toddlers is finally here. Now, the switch may be frightening for the child, so it’s a good idea to make the process seem exciting. One suggestion, I have, is to let the child select some new bedding featuring a favorite theme. This worked wonders with my little one.

Be clear about the rules you’ve set for you kids to follow. In addition, state what will happen if the rules are not followed. Your children may not immediately realize it but one day they will realize and appreciate the fact that you took the time to create rules because you care about them. Having a set of rules in place will also make the parenting experience easier for yourself, as well as your partner.

When dealing with a child’s difficult or negative behaviors parents should focus on using positive reinforcement. Remember that certain children may have emotional problems and may not be able to communicate their thoughts and feelings. One of the best ways to assist them is to show them how they can express themselves properly.

When punishment is the centerpiece of discipline, parents tend to overlook their children’s best behaviors. “You’ll get a lot further with positive reinforcement than negative reinforcement,” says Mason Turner, MD, chief of psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center. Rewarding good deeds targets behaviors you want to develop in your child, not things he shouldn’t be doing….More at Six Ways to Discipline Children — That Work!

Don’t attempt to fight every battle. Don’t always fight over every little thing, you should only fight over the important things. While your child does need boundaries, he or she also needs a certain amount of freedom.

If your children have trouble getting along and fight, try to develop a set of guidelines for your family that are set out in a positive language. Instead of saying “no hitting” you could tell your children to “touch gently”, as it is a kinder way of saying the same thing.

It’s good to establish and stick to a routine each night when it is time to get your child ready for bed. By following these nighttime routines, your child will be ready for the sleeping time that is ahead. It’s extremely helpful for your child to associate pajamas, tooth brushing and storytelling with subsequent sleep. When your child is used to knowing what bedtime follows, he will be less resistant to it.

Children who have behavior issues will need to be kept engaged and stimulated to keep them from regressing into negative behaviors that are made worse by boredom and frustration. If these children are not kept busy, they are likely to misbehave out of boredom. Engaging in active sports, doing a trip to the park, or performing other energy burning tasks you will lessen unwanted behaviors.

I hope that you’ve learned something from this article. Use this advice in your parenting. Hopefully, it can help you develop an admirable relationship of trust with your child. Allow the tips laid out here help you to create a pleasure-filled time with your child, or children, for as long as you can.

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