Goal delineation is an inescapable task of parenthood. We delineate goals to achieve even the simplest of tasks. We also delineate them for the more complex tasks. This article will provide several tips that will prove invaluable in helping achieve those goals, and in some cases at least, even delineate them.
Do not allow your own mood to interfere with consistent disciplinary approaches for your children. Even if you are tired or feeling irritable, you should not deliver an uncommonly harsh (or uncommonly lax) disciplinary action. Failure to consistently use the same method creates an impression of flexibility and “wiggle room” that can greatly compromise the effectiveness of your rule-setting.
A great parenting tip is to not try and lay guilt on your child all the time. If you are always trying to make your child feel guilty for something they have done or haven’t done, your child will develop a complex and will greatly resent you for it.
It is important for a child to know exactly what is expected of them each and every day. A child should not have to wonder or guess what their parents want them to do. They should know exactly what they are supposed to do and what the consequences will be if they do not do what is expected.
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.
A vital part of parenting is paying attention to all car safety regulations pertaining to young children and ensuring that you always have an appropriate safety seat for your child’s age. By making sure your child is properly restrained every time they travel, you will be able to greatly reduce the risk of serious injury.
Use common household items to keep your child entertained. Items such as empty paper towel rolls, pots and pans, empty boxes and old clothing, can easily occupy a child’s imagination without a lot of financial investment. As an added benefit, children encouraged to use their imagination in play, are often more successful at problem solving as they get older.
When you reach the boiling point with your children, take the time to try some self-calming techniques to make sure that you don’t do anything hurtful. There are many tools you can use, including breathing deeply, removing yourself from the situation for a few minutes, and redirecting your thoughts in a positive direction.
Children want to do things on their own. If you give your kids some tasks they can perform around the home, it will help them get more confident. Even very small children can take on one small part of a more complicated task, such as sorting silverware when you empty the dishwasher. When you’re getting ready to fold your laundry, let the child have some socks to arrange. These type of tasks will help them develop their independence while helping you around the house.
One of the best things you can do for yourself as a parent is to create a support network. From moms’ or dads’ groups to friends, family, co-workers and community groups, having other parents to talk with and share the ups and downs of parenting makes the experience even sweeter. You can glean valuable advice from others who have been there.
By delineating goals we provide direction not just for our children but also for us. Simply knowing how to delineate a goal is insufficient. We must also know how to go about achieving that goal. This article should prove invaluable in teaching us how to do both. Goals are meaningless unless we know how to attain them.