No parents are ever perfect! Even if you think back on your childhood as being amazing, your parents made mistakes, too. The beauty is that a few mistakes will rarely lead to permanent damage in a child. That said, here is some advice from parents like you on how to do the very best you can rear a child.
Learn to breastfeed your baby in public so that you will be able to breastfeed for your child’s first year of life. Mothers who have not learned how to discretely nurse in public tend to start offering bottles and that is usually the beginning of the end of a breastfeeding relationship.
Feel free to breastfeed your baby for comfort. Many believe that breastfeeding for comfort will make the baby associate food with emotional comfort. Offering the breast actually encourages your baby to turn to you instead of things for support. The breastfeeding is just one component of the bond that helps your baby feel better. This will provide crucial emotional security and stability as they develop.
If your child must take a maintenance medication on a daily basis, you should always check the pharmacy label and directions, upon picking up each refill. It is not uncommon for physicians or nurses to increase or adjust the dosages as your child’s age and weight increase. Reviewing the instructions at the time you pick up the medication is your best bet and can save your child from health risks.
Be sure to start teaching children that they can count on you from an early age. when they are young they will naturally trust you, but as they grow into teenagers you want them to think of you as a respected ally, not a feared dictator. It is better to get them to understand things than to demand their obedience.
Be consistent. Children function better when they know what is going to happen during the day, especially young children. A huge change in schedule or no schedule will give you very crabby children. They will feel like they are out of control, and they will show you that in their behavior.
If you have a baby that is not easily soothed, consider rubbing a bit of lavender essential oil on the back of your neck. The baby will smell this when you are rocking her and it will have quite the soothing effect on her. You may even want to put a couple drops of lavender baby lotion on your baby’s blanket.
If you have a teenager of pre-teen that is unhappy with their weight, the best thing you can do as a parent is convince them they are fine just the way they are. Many teenagers turn to eating disorders, such as bulimia and anorexia, because their parents are not supportive.
In the end, no one’s advice is perfect, either. Your situation will call for different reactions than my situations with my children. In fact, each child will need different treatment to deal with their own personality type. Just remember that your kids will grow up to be healthy, happy adults as long as you love them, and that’s the easy part!