Does your teen hide away in his or her room and avoid conversations about touchy subjects? Does your young child throw tantrums every time he or she does not get what they want? Are you looking for methods to becoming a more effective parent? If the answer is yes, below are some parenting tips to help you today.
Consider teaching a young toddler or older infant signing. Even if you don’t use special “baby sign”, toddlers will have an easier time communicating with their hands than with their words. This is an especially useful technique if you have a toddler with a language delay, as it provides them with a channel for communication.
Discipline is important when raising children, but punishment can ruin a child’s future. Making the distinction between loving correction and angry retribution is critical, a child must learn to trust you before they will truly change their behavior. To build love and trust between your children (while also correcting their wrong actions) repeat the fact that you love them, even in discipline. Also, wait until you are calm before delivering discipline, never act in fury.
Remember to reward good behavior with praise and recognition. Children usually hear more reprimands for bad behavior than praise for good behavior and that might become discouraging to them. However, if you praise them for specific good behavior that they have exhibited, their confidence will be lifted, and they will exhibit the good behavior more often.
Communication is key. Learn to listen to your kids and speak to them in ways that make them feel comfortable and willing to open up to you about issues that concern them. The tips above are meant to be used as a guide so you and your child can have a relationship based on love, trust and communication!