I’ve been a parent of over a decade now and I like to think I’ve learned a lot along the way. And while there are plenty of different parenting fads that have come and gone, there are some things that never change. Here are my top tips for successful parenting.
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It can be tempting to get caught up in all of the Instagram pictures of food that looks like art or the Pinterest Lunch box wars, but they do have a point, and it isn’t to make you feel ashamed that you can’t make a cucumber dinosaur. Food is one of the most important things to human beings and we need to think about what is going into our kid’s bodies. It is important at a young age to establish healthy eating habits, and it doesn’t matter what it looks like. Sure, it is nice and exciting to create a vibrant plate colour for the little ones to dine upon, but not the end of the world.
Raising children is tough, there are no two ways about it. The problem is we, the adults, forget that children don’t know everything. I was once told that raising kids should be like dealing with aliens who don’t understand our ways. An alien might think that it is ok to lick someone as a form of greeting, just like a toddler, but we wouldn’t lash out at the alien and scream at them for it, so why do that to a toddler? It is up to us, the adults, to take a second and remember that kids are kids, and a little bit of patience can go a long way when dealing with them.
While it might be tempting to shut yourself off from the world with your little bundle of joy, one day they will discover that you need people to help share the load. Although you might think you are doing a great job and don’t need any help, there will come a time that you will discover that you do need a hand. It might be that you end up sick and need someone to watch the little one while you get some much-needed shut-eye after a night of vomiting, or you need someone to bounce ideas off because you can’t work out how to stop your 3-year old drinking out of the toilet with the dog. Whatever the reason, you will need people, so choose them carefully.
I cannot stress the importance of a good schedule enough. I have three children, another on the way, if I didn’t have a schedule, I would die. There is so much to do in a day, the mind boggles. Over the years, my schedule has changed and adapted as the kids have grown up, jobs have changed, people have come and gone from our lives. Having a schedule is important because it can help give your kids a sense of security because they will know what is going on, even if life is falling to pieces for you. It shoulds depressing, and maybe it is a little bit, but if you have a major life drama, having that schedule will help you and your kids to cope.
A sense of humour
After 15 years of parenting, I can tell you that one of the most important things you can have is a sense of humour. I’ve wiped poop from places it shouldn’t be. I poked vegetables out from nose holes more times than I can count. I’ve seen so many weird parenting fads come and go. Trust me, if I couldn’t laugh at all of these, I would have cried. Sometimes things will happen and you will want to rip your hair out but after a few years (and glasses of wine) you will find yourself looking back fondly at the times when your kids tried to drive you insane by jumping off the top of the garden shed on to the trampoline. That day might not be today, but it will happen one day.
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