There are many different parenting styles out there. Some parents prefer to be strict and closely monitor their children. Others prefer to be more of a friendly character in their children's’ lives in order to instill a sense of personal responsibility and trust between them and their kids. Whatever the case may be, there are many positives and negatives associated with both forms of parenting. And while no one truly knows which form of parenting is best, what is known is that a consistent style of parenting is very important.
Reading to our kids is often the source of so many complaints! With our first child, it is a kind of cute fun bonding exercise with no competing siblings, but as brothers and sisters are born it becomes something of a performance, ensuring me-time for each with the stories they like and at a level that we would like in terms of ages and interests. Whether you love it or hate it, you love your children so you're going to do it anyways!
Growing up, people typically look to their parents or other role models for influence and advice on how they will become as parents one day. Often times, people will take mental notes of things they want to incorporate into their parenting rulebook and things that they will avoid at all cost, even before they have children of their own. If someone valued all of the sports that their parents pushed them into trying as a child, they will most likely push their own children to try new sports as well. However, if they hated that their parents dragged them to soccer practice every day after school, then these people may be much more likely to not sign their kids up for new sports constantly.
Spending time with your child and doing a good exercise usually seems to be a completely separate activity. Larysa DiDio, a New York celebrity trainer who works with many mothers says "It's a great place to have a parallel game with your child.” Alternate training exercises with short periods of rest, by jumping from the bench to the swings, imagine them as circuit stations with your son. You will have intensive, interval training and a full body.
1. Doing the Laundry Basic of the basics, all teens should know how to do this simple task. You could begin teaching your child as young as age 6. Walk them through the steps; measuring, loading, settings and starting the machine. If you have to, choose cute names to teach them the process and once that’s done they’ll be able to do it on their own!
It seems that having children extends your life expectancy! So while you may be driven to distraction by your kids and feel that your days are numbered, a study has found that mothers may well live for up to an average of 23.1 years longer after the age of 60, while fathers could see an extra 18.4 years tacked on to their lives.
Calling all germophobes, health nuts, efficiency and cleanliness seekers! Calling all those who think the world is a simpler place if everything was controlled by the press of a button or plugging something in a wall (looking at you Roomba owners).
You can keep your dad jokes, but today’s dads need to learn up when it comes to parenting. Families are different, our expectations have changed and guys who want to be great fathers need to know how to keep up with the times when it comes to parenting.
We all know the easiest way to preoccupy the kids while you’re trying to get something done is to stick them in front of the television or to put a game on the Ipad in their hands. While this may be a good solution at the time, it is very detriment when it comes to a child’s cognitive and social-emotional competencies.