To say that being a parent in today’s day and age is challenging would be a bit of an understatement. There are so many obstacles that make it much more complicated than it used to be, especially for those who have younger children. However, we’ve learned some things that make it better, which is why we put together this list of the best tips for making parenting young kids easier.
Be Open and Honest
The best thing you can do for the relationship between you and your child is to be upfront and honest with them early on in life. Now we don’t mean that you should ruin things such as the magic of Santa or other fun aspects of their lives. What we’re referring to are the rules you make and admitting when you were wrong.
If you make the rules of the house clear to your children and explain why they exist, your kids will be much more likely to follow them. Also, if you ever do wrong by them, you should fess up to it. Your child will grow to respect you instead of having the facade of their “perfect parent” ruined later in life. All of this will culminate in the both of you getting along much better as they grow up.
Give Them Some Control
One thing young kids hate is feeling like they’re not in control of their lives. Granted, that’s for good reason because they would eat candy and play video games all day, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have some control. A classic way of giving them some control is to provide them with a list of options to choose from that you preapproved. That way, you maintain control of the situation while also giving them a choice. This will lead to a lot less stubbornness and fighting.
Let Them Get a Smart Device
If you haven’t started having an argument about smart devices yet, you will soon enough. They’ve become a staple of our society with no signs of leaving. While they might need to wait a little bit depending on their age, you shouldn’t fight them too much on it as it will cause more trouble than it’s worth.
Instead, compromise with your child. Get them something cheap and practical. We’d personally recommend getting them a smartwatch. They’re much more affordable than most phones and have a ton of features that’ll make your job as a parent easier.
Get To Know Them Better
Probably the best tip for making parenting young kids easier than we can give you is that you should try to get to know them better. Of course, we’re not trying to say that you don’t know your own child. We just know that there’s always more you can learn about them. Figure out their feelings about various aspects of their lives and what makes them tick. Instead of answering all their random questions, try asking them a few. You’d be surprised how much you still have to learn about them.
The best part is once you do, you can use that knowledge to ease tensions between you two and make rules that take their feelings on the subject into account. It’ll make things much easier on the both of you—we promise.