Maybe you have heard the old parenting adage of teaching them early. Children learn easily when they are young, so this is very good advice. The earlier it is when children learn things, the longer throughout their life they will remember them. It is really powerful to get conditioning and lessons early, but nothing is set in stone. A positive foundation for your children is something you need to build. Behaviors that are positive need to be reinforced continually and even add more. You need all of the best parenting practices you can get, and that is the goal of this article.
An article recently pointed out the finding of modern researchers that the act of spanking a child may cause the child to develop mental illness. Of course, like any new research findings that go against old standard behaviors, there is a lot of debate on this premise. It is obvious, however, that there has been a new trend regarding physical punishment that has surfaced during the last decade. This fairly new thinking regarding spanking needs to be viewed in context, however, as spanking was a most used form of punishment for decades. Your decision on how to punish your children is a personal decision. With a little research, you will find many ways to effectively punish your child without resorting to physical punishment. One approach that seems to work, and has many variations, is positive reinforcement. For example, instead of always pointing out a child’s flaws, congratulate them when they do something good. Most likely, a common sense combination of alternatives to spanking may be a desirable option.
Paying on your monthly bills, if even just a few dollars, can really build up responsibility within your teens. Kids will have to find a part-time job to make this happen. Your children can contribute, say, by paying for gas if they drive the family vehicle.
It’s not worth working a job if mom and dad are taking all your money, so don’t take all of it from them. Kids should never pay the whole thing, only a small percentage of the bills that need to be paid. After a decision is made, and they understand the conditions, they need to be held to this. So when your kids are young, teaching them to be responsible for money is one of the best lessons you can impart.
Many kids are sensitive to chemicals, most of which are unknown until the actual reaction is set off. Some kids will continue to have these problems, which can only be stopped once the allergen is identified. It’s a good idea to avoid placing as many chemicals as possible in the home just to be on the safe side. Antistatic sheets used in the dryer, or certain detergents for washing clothes, are things that come to mind. Use more natural soaps and shampoos, and the selection on the market it pretty huge in this area. Many of these products have dyes, chemicals and fragrances that may cause these reactions to occur.
These few insights are only a drop in the bucket of what the life of a parent encompasses. When you are just beginning to learn about parenting, make it a goal to learn the major concepts first. Then you can interpret situations by applying the concepts the best way you can. This, then, is the best way a parent can be prepared. It’s better than just facing each situation as it comes up with no advance thought.