Six Ideas that Solve Almost Every Family Problem

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Here are six ideas that solve almost every family problem. As it won’t be easy to do all of them at once, you can pick one or two. Any of them will help.

1. Slow down whenever you can. Most parents are busier than they hope to be. Even so, it is important to take time (even a little bit is good) to slow down, have fun, and be pleased with your little one. Play a game, head to the park, or visit the place that makes both of you happy. Your relationship will deepen and life will look brighter and more manageable when you do.

2. If your child is upset, remember to think about underlying issues that might be contributing to the problem. If you can change conditions great, don’t worry. If not, that can be OK, too. Changing a diaper, finding a more comfortable seat, or limiting boring adult activities are just a few of the countless things that you can do to address legitimate concerns that are bothering your little one. However, all too often busy schedules, rainy days, and pressures from daily life are unavoidable and there is nothing that can be done to help. Don’t worry; it is always useful for your child to vent their complaints to an empathetic mom or dad. The simple act of “understanding” can make a big difference.

3. Even before your little one is too young to fully participate, find family activities to do together, ones that get everyone moving around are often particularly satisfying and stress relieving. Swimming, picnicking, hiking, camping, ball playing, or group cooking are some of the many things that you can incorporate into regular family life. A family that enjoys hobbies, sports, or interests together from infancy through adulthood is often a close one.

4. Remember that children go through stages that end sooner than you can tell in the moment. A friend of mine once joked that her baby, an avid nurser, would go to a nearby college in order to come home to eat. I think her joke felt partially true as she wrestled with interrupted nights and demanding days. Your effort and care certainly moves your child along, but time offers a big hand as well.

5. Try hard to stay calm, clear, and brief when explaining something to a child. It is easier said then done but whenever possible, even when your child is upset, take a deep breath and explain your point of view briefly and clearly. Children often tune out or don’t understand long-winded or emotional adult explanations.

6.(Very important). Take good care of your self and your partner. Finding childcare is one of the most important parts of parenting. No matter how much you might miss your little one or they might miss you, it is essential that you set aside time for your adult interests and relationships. The exercise class, long overdue date, or simple walk around the block will make things go better for everyone!