Parenting skills aren’t always easy to define. They don’t come with an instruction manual. They rarely fit nicely into any sort of uniform pattern. And they can differ wildly depending on both your own temperament—and your own values. So how could you learn how to be a good parent?
It’s the goal of every parent to nurture and develop their children into positive, well adjusted and healthy adults capable of both wonder and creativity. And for many of us, those same values have been passed on from generation to generation. But what is positive parenting? How is it different from the parenting tips that most parents know?
Of the million and one joys that being a parent of a toddler might bring you, toddler’s temper tantrums are probably nowhere near the top of the list. Or even the bottom. Or even part of that list altogether.
How many times have you found yourself in the same scenario? You’re about to sit down to dinner at a casual but intimate restaurant. The wine is flowing freely. You’re content. Your spouse is content. You’re about to tuck into your favorite meal when it begins. Two tables away. The whining. The bawling. The screaming. You wonder how to keep your toddler busy.
Traveling is, of course, one of the simplest and most rewarding pleasures in life. That is, if you’re not a kid. Maybe you’re visiting Napa Valley. Or the Grand Canyon. Or exploring Paris. Now imagine seeing it through the eyes of a seven year old. Not so romantic or breathtaking now, is it?
Disciplining your kid is never easy. You want to encourage them to express themselves. To vent their frustrations. But at the same time? They need boundaries as they need to know the value of rules. They need to know limits. And they need to know the consequences.
It’s hard to fathom just how hungry a kid can get. Oh sure, they need plenty of fuel for growing bodies and growing minds. And their appetites simply don’t wane after their third (or fourth!) snack. But did you ever suspect they could eat that much?
Whether you want it dipped, seasoned, rolled or simply as is, there’s no doubt that soft pretzels are a delicious treat that everybody loves! This month, you have all the right reasons to enjoy this tasty snack with the whole family. Why? Because it’s National Soft Pretzel Month!
The importance of adequate sleep for young children can’t be overemphasized. Sleep plays a significant role in a child’s physical and mental development. The length of sleep required may vary depending on a child’s age. However, if you have a toddler, it’s important to make sure they’re getting about 11 to 14 hours of sleep within a 24 hour period.
Now is the best time to encourage your child to channel their inner artist! Get the art materials and supplies ready because this March, we are celebrating National Crafts Month! National Crafts Month was created by the Craft and Hobby Association in 1994.