Resolutions for the New Year are often made and easily forgotten. When we set manageable goals, we’re more likely to stick with our resolutions. Check out our friends at Dana’s Kids they believe that empowered parents create happy families. With that in mind, check out founder of Dana’s Kids Dana Rosenbloom’s top 3 realistic parenting tips for starting the year off right (and keeping it that way)!
- Consistency-Children whose parents and caregivers are consistent have an easier time internalizing and following the rules. They tantrum less and make better choices. Talk to your partner and your child’s caregivers to make sure you are on the same page.
- Compliments-This year use specific praise. Tell your child exactly what is was that you are complimenting. Remember to encourage your children to be proud of their own accomplishments as well. For example, “You put on your shoes and coat all by yourself today. Great job. You must feel so proud!”
- Quality time-Do your best to set aside, even 10 minutes, of uninterrupted interaction with your children. Talk, play, eat, hug, but most importantly, connect! A wise woman once told me: “Listen to a child and make sure you understand them as if you were going to be tested on it later.” What could be better, for both of you, than knowing your child in this way? I promise, it will make you both feel terrific!
Dana Rosenbloom has a master’s degree in Infant and Parent Development and Early Intervention and has been working with children and families for over 10 years. Dana’s Kids provides parent education, play therapy, special education services, parent workshops and support groups, and professional development. To learn more about Dana and Dana’s Kids please visit www.DanasKids.com. You can also follow Dana on Facebook: www.facebook.com/DanasKids1 and Twitter: @DJRkids
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