With the amount of books and videos available, you would think that everybody would be an expert on parenting by now. Unfortunately this is not the case because people are either getting bad advice, or they choose to not act on the advice that they are given. Use the advice provided in this article to help you be a great parent.
When your child falls and bumps their head, do not allow them to go to sleep for at least two hours. This is because you want to monitor for symptoms that your child may have suffered from internal bleeding. Some symptoms include disorientation, confusion, headache and dizziness complaints, and blurred vision. If your child has these symptoms, bring him/her to the emergency room.
Never administer medication to your child for any "off-label" conditions unless the child's doctor has given you specific written instructions to do so. Children do not always react to medication in the same way adults do. For instance, giving a child Benadryl to help induce sleep might actually have the opposite effect of hyperactivity.
Before taking your child to the doctor, prepare your young one for the visit. This can be reading a book about doctors or even roleplaying. Children often feel anxious about visiting the doctor, so preparing them for the visit and letting them know that the doctor's office is not scary, will calm their fears.
Do not let your children gang up on you. If you are a typical couple than once you reach three children they will already outnumber you and your spouse. One good technique to avoid this is to have confrontations with children one and one. This prevents the giggles from setting in and you are able to maintain your authority.
TVs falling on children happens more than you would like to imagine it does. In the age of big screen TV's, it is more important than ever to secure your television sets. The best place for a television is mounted to the wall, but if this is not an option, bolt it down to the entertainment center. Making sure your home is safe for your little ones is an essential part of parenting.
If you have trouble getting your child to not do something, it is generally best to specifically instruct them to do something else. For example, if you do not want your child to run down the stairs, instead of stating "don't run," it is better to state "please walk down the stairs." When told not to do something, a child is more likely to instinctively ignore the instruction. Also, it avoids situations where the child might decide to be clever and jump down the stairs instead.
When trying to get your kids to eat their food while they are being stubborn, it is very important to try and make the process fun for them. They don't yet understand the great tastes and necessities of eating, so the only thing you as a parent can rely on, is that they have fun!
Although it may be uncomfortable for you, it is vital that you teach your teenager about sex as early as possible. It is better that they learn the information from you rather than another source. Also, you are able to teach them how to protect themselves before they become sexually active.
If your child is sick, especially with a fever or cough, it is crucial that you not send them to school. Not only does your child need to stay home and rest when they are sick, but sending them to school can increase the chances of your child spreading their illness to other kids.
Listen to your kids! Even when they are infants their chattering can tell you much about how they are feeling. Whether they are an infant or a teen, however, what a child is saying or not saying is often a dead giveaway as to what might be wrong. All you have to do is listen closely and use your intuition.
In summary, you have so much information available to help you with parenting, but either have not been able to take advantage of it or nothing has really stuck with you well. The information in this article has been provided in a clear and concise manner, so hopefully you will be able to easily use it to improve your parenting skills.