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Effective Parenting

If you are anything like me, which I can bet you are, you are always looking to improve. Whether you are looking to improve mentally, physically, emotionally, or in this case — as a parent. My children will be home for summer break in a few short weeks, and by weeks I mean TWO. Since I am fortunate enough to run a small-business and a non-profit I am home most of the summer in order to be with them and avoid using child-care, I just work from home. I am also fortunate enough to bring my children in to work with me. However, just like every other parent in the world my children get bored, they act out, they are loud — after all, they are CHILDREN.

I know that this behavior is normal, but thee are ways to combat them. During the summer when I am home with them I try to be understanding of all of this, and their inability to completely handle and express their emotions and frustrations. But it can be hard for me too. I am busy, I am still working even though they are home to play. Tensions can run high for all of us. So every year I try to do a small “brush-up” on child development, I try to learn a few coping mechanisms to get us through with minimal blow-ups. effective parenting

This year I found this little reminder. I wanted to share it with all of you in case you too need a little reminder sometimes in order to get by. This summer I plan to utilize some of these. I know that there will still be hard days, but that doesn’t make them bad days. See I am already being optimistic!

Mommy Son Dates

Now that I am expecting a new baby I am trying to spend extra time with my little ones at home. You hear constantly about jealousy of a new baby. Sibling rivalry exists in every age group, even adults, but with toddlers and infants it can be a little difficult. So when I began planning all of the things I would need to do before the new baby arrived I made sure to put a list together of things to do with my daughter age 4. My husband and I sat down and compiled a list of ideas of dates with our daughter that each of us would complete. Every week on a designated night one of us (we alternate) spends one-on-one time with her so that she doesn’t feel she is being left behind with the arrival of a new baby. While we created a list for our daughter I also thought of things I could do with my son, when he arrives and is a little older. This way each child has a one-on-one night with mommy and daddy.

Here is a list of the ideas I plan to try with my son when he is older.

10 Mommy and Son Date ideas:

  1. Lego building contest. Each of us has to try to outbuild the other. Print a couple of lego ideas from sites like this, and try to create your own
  2. Trip to get Ice-Cream and visit a fire-station or police station.
  3. Trip to a big-league game.
  4. Escape to a toy store and try to compile a list of toys that start with every letter in the alphabet, if he gets all 26 letters let him pick his favorite and bring it home.
  5. Go to play laser tag.
  6. See a play at your local theater.
  7. Favorite dinner out and a movie.
  8. Trip to a zoo.
  9. Playing catch at the park.
  10. Go Bowling!

No matter what you plan with your little man, or little lady, just remember it is the time with them one-on-one that really makes the difference in the long run. They may not remember what you do together ten years from now, but they will remember that you took the time to be with them.