Things You Can Do About Your Child's Whining


by Roxane J. Talisen


Facing many of the challenges of everyday parenting can be just a matter of knowing some common sense tips to give you the advantage. If what you are doing is not working, this article has some ideas that can give you that advantage and make facing the everyday challenges smooth sailing.

Making sure your children are fed properly will help your day run smoothly. When children are hungry, you will be able to tell right away. Infants will scream until they are fed, toddlers will throw a temper tantrum, pre-schoolers will get crabby, and older kids will get a horrible attitude. All this can be stopped by giving them a snack every 2-3 hours.

Read often to your children no matter what their age. From picture books when they are small, to chapter books when they are older, reading creates a bonding experience that you are both sure to enjoy. Even older children will appreciate the activity and might even volunteer to take turns when reading a beloved novel.

Make sure to give your twins time with you that they don't have to share. All too often twins are thought of as one complete unit. They are separate people and they need time to discover who they are on their own. Make time each week to take one twin to the park or the store with you.

An important tip to consider when parenting is to focus on the positive as a way to improve the negative. This is important because the best way for someone to learn is by means of positive reinforcement. Use the positives and build on good habits from there.

To encourage your kids to have positive attitudes toward education, never badmouth or speak negatively about your children's teachers or schools in front of your kids. While you are certainly free to disagree with them or conference about issues privately, your children need to have respect for their teachers and their learning environments.

As a parent, we should encourage physical activity in our children. Enjoy physical activity together as a family. Include your children in the planning process of activities you would like to do together. Plant a small garden together. Take a hike on a nature trail in a nearby park. Set an example by participating in physical activities and not sitting on the sidelines.

When parenting a teenager it is important to be very respectful and patient. Communication is often the issue at hand, or the lack thereof, when teens start acting out. Rather make it a daily ritual to talk to your teenager and try to understand what they are going through and what pressures they are facing.

Join a breastfeeding support and parenting group prior to giving birth to help you be comfortable in your breastfeeding. Women who join a group prior to giving birth are usually much more comfortable with breastfeeding than those who didn't. The ability to learn and ask questions prior to having a crying baby in front of you is a lifesaver.

Taking the time to read to your child is old-fashioned, but its benefits are proven. Besides providing some of the one-on-one time that can be so rare for the modern parent, reading aloud encourages an appreciation for storytelling and language. This translates into real benefits in school, as your child has a step up on learning reading and writing skills.

It's not always easy to be a good parent, but the advice offered in this article should make taking care of your children a little bit easier and a lot less stressful. If you stick to these tips, you'll be able to focus on the best parts of parenting instead of on the worse.




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