Have you found yourself caught up in day to day hustle and bustle with the kids going to football practices or dance lessons? Are your kids out of control some days and you want to lock yourself in the closet? Have you considered sitting them on the curb to see if anyone would take them?
(Just kidding on that last one).
There’s no need to fret. Keep in mind the glory of being a parent. They say the best things in life are free. Kids aren’t free, I suppose, but their love and affection is and can be very rewarding. Nothing matters more in the world than having a little version of you running through the water sprinkler, playing hide and seek, earning bowling trophies or just plain having the same facial expressions you do.
Remember that when you become stressed out. That’s the number one tip for being a successful parent. Children are a joy to watch grow, flourish and succeed, no matter what their age may be.
- Listen to your child. Let them express themselves scholarly, emotionally and physically.
- Remember to keep calm. There may be days when the kids are bouncing off the walls and you’re about to go crazy. Don’t. Remember, they’re just kids and you were like that once. Let them have fun. As long as they’re not hurting themselves, there’s no need to go ballistic on them. Simply remind them who’s in charge. Keep in mind that this extra energy they’re running off will help them sleep better at night which is actually a plus for you (you may even get some downtime to yourself out of it!).
- Don’t be afraid to ask other parents for advice. Some situations seem absolutely outrageous. Who thought to stick that penny up their nose anyway? Never fear, your peers can help you throughout the struggles
- Just because you’re in a foul mood perhaps because you were late for work or your car broke down, don’t take it out on them. It’s not their fault. Keep yourself from throwing your own temper tantrum. This will teach them to keep their cool in situations that make them angry. This creates a more harmonious environment for everyone.
- Teach them. Spend time with them. Get to know them. Let them learn who they are and what their interests are.
- Love your child. Show them affection. There’s not enough hugs, kisses and “I love you’s” to show how much they mean to you. If they aren’t shown affection at a young age and throughout their lives, it may lead to relationship issues in the future. So show them love and show it often.