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Monthly Archives: November 2016

Different Parenting Styles to Ensure Proper Child Development

Women who are trying to get pregnant often have lots of pregnancy questions. They read lots of books about baby development and medical literatures that discuss pregnancy week by week development. Unfortunately, most couples tend to neglect issues about parenting styles. If you are expecting a baby, then it is very important to have a clear understanding of the different styles of parenting. The way you raise your baby has a great impact on his or her overall emotional and mental development.

As a future parent, you have a responsibility to nurture the baby inside your womb. You have to take note that the first trimester of baby development is very critical. At this stage, the survival of the fetus is not yet guaranteed. So once you confirmed that you are pregnant, you have to immediately consult your doctor to clarify whatever pregnancy questions you have. Your doctor will also give you a quick overview of pregnancy week by week development. Based on the information that you can get, you will be able to understand how to take care of the growing fetus. Of course, your doctor will also give you competent professional advice about dieting, pregnancy exercise, and the right pregnancy supplements. You have to seriously follow the advices of your doctor to ensure proper baby development.

You may not notice it but your first actions during the early stages of baby development are already part of your responsibilities as a parent. The mere fact that you are getting the best medical care indicates that you are taking parenthood seriously. However, knowing the basic pregnancy questions and child development is not enough to become a good mother. You also need to educate yourself about the right parenting styles. Parenting issues are more complex and require a significant departure from your usual norms and behaviors. To completely understand several parenting issues, you should carefully study the different parenting styles as defined by authoritative development psychologists.

There are three known styles of parenting. First, there is the so-called authoritarian parenting method. The authoritarian parent demands and expects so much from the child. Strict discipline is usually the norm of authoritarians. This style is seldom responsive to the child’s individual preferences. The second parenting method is authoritative-responsive. This parenting style balances strict authoritarianism with responsiveness. It is usually practiced by parents who have experienced the ill-effects of absolute parenting. The most commonly practiced parenting method in modern society is permissive-indulging. Permissive parents allow full development based on the children’s individual preferences. Permissiveness is highly acceptable in today’s society. However, extreme permissiveness may spoil the child thus undermining his or her proper psychological development.

You have to understand the different parenting styles in order to learn how to properly raise your children. As early as the first trimester of your pregnancy, you should decide which type of parenting method to adopt. Remember, the overall development of your child will greatly hedge on the way you raise him or her. Make sure that you have a clear understanding of proper parenting in order to ensure a balanced baby development.

Tips For Single Parents To Be In Control Of Lives With Their Children

Managing Stress

Stress will come on when the single parent does not know how to manage it. There are good help books on stress if the single parent has the time to read. Joining a single parent support group is also very essential in coping with stress correctly.

A single parent needs to know how to handle the management of emotional and mental stress; they can be involved in spiritual interactions or meaningful activities such as exercising and hobbies to release stress and tension.

Planning your time

Time is very short to a single parent as there are many things to take care of; work, finances, house chores, children’s health, school, activities and loads of other daily stuff can take up a lot of your time as a single parent. But if you exercise good time management, you can be more productive and effective.

Good time management is crucial to a healthy home for single parents as this trait ensures that you have allocated time for all the necessities in your home to create and maintain a healthy environment of love and growth.

Hence, you can adopt a calendar to note your time management events as well as to re-evaluate better ways of management as time goes by.

Single Parents Support Group

It is very beneficial for single parents to come together and support each other as they have no spouse or even relatives to assist them or share their burdens. When you are all alone as a single parent, the parenting burden can be quite heavy. Hence, it is essential for single parents to meet up with other single parents to share parenting and home building tips than to shy away.

Engage Good Babysitters

A single parent needs time alone for himself or herself once in a while. If you do not have nearby family members or close friends to babysit your children sometimes, hire good and responsible babysitters whom you can trust your children with. Get recommendations from other single parents for good references so that you can enjoy some time off. You may even work out a babysitting plan with other single parents to take turns babysitting each other’s children for some personal off time.

Impact Of Parent Separation On Kids

Being a parent is probably the best feeling that a person can ever have in the lifetime. It is said that only blessed people get the opportunity of parenting. Holding the baby for the first time in the arms is truly a heavenly feeling that the parents experience. The mother takes so much pain to give birth to a child. In the bringing up of a child, both gather and mother play vital role.

While a child learns the basics of how to lead a life of worthiness, it is the father who plays the role of a paradigm to the children. It is with the mother that a child takes its first steps and with the father, plays the first outdoor game. Kids also need productive time from their parents and this time is very essential for their proper development. In modern day world, many of the parents get separated or divorced due to number of reasons. Though parents can lead a happy life even after divorce, the worst sufferer of that become the children of the family.

Though one may not understand, there is a huge different between families with both the parents and with single parent. The difficulties faced by the single parents may vary depending on the circumstances, but there are also common experiences that are shared by most single parent families. The difference between single and dual parenting differs in many ways, but the most common difference occurs in dealing with the kids. In a dual parent house, both of them take the decision regarding the household tasks; but in case of single parents, they need to take the decisions alone.

This sometime engages even the kids. Kids having only one parent from a very early age doesn’t face much problem as compared to the kids who witnessed their parents get separated in a later life. This also impacts their psychology. The divorce of the parents may have multiple impacts on their kids.

These are briefly discussed below :

Kids with single parent may lead easily in unethical ways, as they lack the needed guidance. people with evil intension may easily mold them to be a part of illegal activities, as for a mother or father alone, it’s not possible to provide proper care to their kids.

Kids of divorced parents may feel the emptiness in their lives after seeing other kids playing with their mom or dad. This feeling sometime turn into a longing for the loved ones, and in such cases, kids may be lead into destructive ways by others.

The demands of income earning, child raising and housework mean the single parent may have little or no time for themselves.

A recent study reveals that after the divorce of the partners, the kids become more stubborn as they miss the love and affection in their family. After separation, the child may feel torn between their two parents and feel they must ‘pick sides’ – this is especially the case if the parents are hostile towards one another. So being a father or a mother, it is our prime responsibility to provide our kids an environment full of love, affection and security where they can prosper like anything.

Tips For Stress-Free Parenting

Here are a few tips on good parenting that will provide you with useful parenting help:

Spend time with your children

Find some time everyday to spend with your children. Having a healthy communication is one of the sure ways to strengthen your child parent relationship. Sit down with your child, play with him/her, take her out for a walk and most importantly, talk to your child. These are the little memories that your child will cherish when he grows up.

If you are a homemaker or stay-at-home parent, you have a wonderful opportunity of being there for your child whenever he/she needs you. Utilize this opportunity to spend time with your child in fun and creative activities, doing homework, watching some good programs or CDs or inspirational videos for children that help your child to develop good values, wisdom and morals.

Communication is essential for parent child relationship

Try to connect with your child as much as possible. Listen to your child, and discuss the things which you used to do when you were a kid. Don’t force your opinions on your child. Rather, try to understand your child’s point of view and be understanding.

Be firm to discipline children

In order to enforce discipline, don’t be cruel to your child. Rather be firm and yet gentle. If your child has made a mistake, then explain to him/her gently. Don’t shout or scold. Yelling at your child for every little thing is going to make him/her stubborn and rebellious and lead to child behavior problems later. You have to be very tactful in this. So be firm to discipline your child and yet not lose your peace and poise.

Be a mentor

Practice what you preach. This is the most important mantra of good parenting. If you do not want your child to watch television during meals, you must also practice the same. If you want your child to spend time on reading and other extra-curricular activities, you must also spend some time on these activities. Similarly if you want your child to eat fruits and vegetables, you should do the same.

In short, children closely follow their parents. Whatever you do, your children will follow in your footsteps. So be a mentor to your child. As they say, “children learn to smile from their parents”. To make your child develop a positive attitude and pursue creative activities and good habits, you must lead with example.

Get children involved in interesting activities

Get your child involved in activities which he/she enjoys such as dancing, music, guitar, swimming, sports and so on. But don’t push your child to do something that he doesn’t enjoy. Let him do what he enjoys the most and always encourage him.

Motivate kids with the help using inspirational videos

You can also spend quality time with your child by watching motivational videos with your child together. Various websites offer motivational videos meant for kids that are specially designed for children in the approximate age range of 3 to 10 years old. They convey essential life wisdom of instilling character and values into children such as honesty, kindness and responsibility. Besides these inspirational quotes videos also provide useful parenting advice on raising children with good values and positive attitude.