It may be hard to admit but, dear Millennials, you are no longer kids. And many of you already have your own babies. Raising a child has always seemed to be a daunting task but a great joy as well. Let’s take a look at some tips to get a kick out of your parenting.
Spend some quality time with friends. Parenting in no way means being around your kids 24/7 till they go to college. Yes, finding time for friends can be a struggle but not an impossible mission. To get more face time, invite everyone over to your place for a drink or dinner. If your friends are also parents, they may bring their offspring along. Let both generations have a hearty talk and laugh!
Get some me time. Recharge your batteries by having some kid-free time. Find a possibility to leave your kid with someone else, be it loving grandparents or a nanny. Or you can take turns in babysitting to hit the town with your pals, as in good old times.
Take it easy. You may, probably, think that being a good parent means eating clean, having scheduled nap times and strictly checking your kids’ screen time. But you forget one crucial thing — parents are no robots. Sometimes you just need to get those kids fed and rested however you can. And it’s impossible to stand with a stopwatch whenever you see gadgets in your kids’ hands. Still there is a way to stay in the loop about kids’ activities in a gadget — Read2Play, the application to detect & track reading and playing time.
Don’t define yourself as a parent only. “Work-family balance” sounds cool but problematic to reach. Yes, it is so if you think it will come to your life naturally. In reality, everything is in your hands. You can be efficient in both profession and parenting if you schedule all your commitments. Put them on your calendar or set an alarm on your mobile phone. It’ll make you more organized.
Talk to your kids. When a decision concerns your kids, they should be a part of decision-making process. It’s only fair. This way, your offspring will understand that their opinion matters, that they are respected. And naturally, they’ll show respect towards you and other people.
Give the illusion of choice. A quick example: “Would you like a carrot or an apple?” In either case, your kid will eat a healthy snack. Plus he or she gets the feeling of being a grown-up, self-sufficient person who decides what to do.
Understand: you’re only a human. And last but not least, be ready to make mistakes and, most importantly, be ready to accept them. We’re no robots. The best thing you can do is to apologize. This is, sometimes, the hardest thing to do. It requires nerve but it pays up. Your kid will learn the strength of character seeing how parents can admit they were wrong.