10 Things Every New Parent Should Know.

As a  Newly Couple or single parents you might be new to parenting and you might have some experience with your niece, nephews or family members but there will always be a difference towards your own kids. So, I believe this content can give you some tips to help out. I’ll give you some ideas . I will highlight 10 things every new parents should know. Here we go:

How to handle tantrums
– How to balance work and family life
– How to create a bedtime routine
– How to create healthy eating habits
– How to manage screen time
– How to encourage reading
– How to handle discipline
– How to keep your child safe online
– How to encourage creativity
– How to deal with separation anxiety
These are just some ideas, and my own personal experience as a parent.
I’ll go over each of the 10 things one by one. Let’s begin with these;-

1.How to handle tantrums.” As a parent, it’s important to know how to respond when your child has a tantrum. You can try to stay calm, ignore the tantrum, or use positive reinforcement which is a parenting technique used to encourage positive behavior in children. It involves rewarding children for good behavior with praise, affection, or small rewards. It can be a very effective way to help children learn and develop positive habits.  Let’s say you have a child who struggles with tidying up their toys. With positive reinforcement, you might reward them with a small treat or a special activity when they clean up their toys without being asked. This makes them feel good about cleaning up and encourages them to do it again in the future.

2.How to balance work and family life.” This is an important topic for parents who are trying to juggle their career and their family responsibilities. There are a few strategies that can help, like setting boundaries, prioritizing tasks, and asking for help.
Let’s use the example of setting boundaries to show how this might work in practice.
For Instance, if a parent has a set work schedule, they might set a boundary by saying they won’t check work emails after 6 pm. This allows them to focus on their family and avoid being distracted by work.

3.How to create a bedtime routine.” A consistent bedtime routine can be really helpful for children, as it gives them a sense of structure and predictability. It might include things like taking a bath, reading a story, and saying goodnight.
A good bedtime routine for kids can include the following steps:
– Setting a consistent bedtime and sticking to it.
– Having a calming pre-bedtime activity, like reading a book or taking a bath.
– Avoiding screens, sugar, and caffeine before bedtime.
– Establishing a regular sleeping place that’s dark, quiet, and comfortable.
– Practicing relaxation techniques, like deep breathing or yoga.
These steps can help kids wind down and prepare for a good night’s sleep.

4. How to create healthy eating habits
Creating healthy eating habits for kids can be a challenge, but there are some simple strategies that can help. One approach is to set a good example by eating healthy foods yourself. Try to make mealtime a fun and relaxed experience, and avoid using food as a reward or punishment. You can also involve kids in the process of choosing and preparing healthy foods. Try to focus on the positive aspects of eating healthy, like how it can make them feel strong and energetic. 
Here are some examples of healthy eating habits you can model for your kids:
– Eating breakfast every day.
– Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables.
– Drinking water instead of sugary drinks.
– Eating slowly and mindfully.
– Having a “no phones at the table” rule.
– Involving kids in meal planning and cooking.

5.How to manage screen time
Managing screen time is an important part of parenting in the digital age. It’s best to set clear limits and rules around screen time, and to make sure kids understand why these rules are in place. Some specific strategies you can use include setting a daily limit on screen time, having device-free meal times and family time, and establishing a “screen-free” hour before bedtime.
Here are some examples of screen time management strategies you can use:
– Set a daily screen time limit, like 1-2 hours per day.
– Create device-free times, like during meals or family time.
– Make a “screen-free” hour before bedtime to help with sleep.
– Choose apps and games that are educational and engaging.
– Turn off notifications and alerts to avoid distractions.
– Encourage kids to find alternative activities when bored, like reading or playing outside.
6. How to encourage reading
Encouraging reading in children involves creating an environment where reading is valued, accessible, and enjoyable.
To encourage reading in children, parents can lead by example by discussing their own enjoyment of books. Reading together regularly, visiting libraries, and incorporating reading into daily routines are crucial. Creating a cozy reading environment with comfortable seating and good lighting can enhance the reading experience. Additionally, rewarding and praising reading accomplishments can motivate children to read more. By employing these strategies, parents can instill a lifelong love of reading and learning in their children.
Surround your child with books it would prompt them to open it, Make it an habit to Read together regularly, Visit the library or bookstore together as  a family, Let your child choose their own reading materials. It would encourage them to open it daily since its their choice of book. Make reading a fun and enjoyable experience with pictorial books.
7. How to handle discipline
Handling discipline as a new couple requires clear communication and a unified approach. Start by discussing your parenting values and goals together. Establish consistent rules and consequences that both partners agree on. When disciplining, present a united front and avoid contradicting each other in front of the child. Use positive reinforcement for good behavior and address misbehavior calmly and constructively. Be patient and understanding with each other as you navigate this aspect of parenting together. Regularly revisit and adjust your approach as needed, and support each other in maintaining a consistent disciplinary strategy. I had a couple that contradict themselves while disciplining their kids, the kids knew for sure that one their parent will be in support their behavior. And it a gave rooms for their kids to misbehave. So, as a parent be unified while disciplining your kids.
8. How to keep your child safe online
Keeping your child safe online as a new couple involves proactive measures and ongoing communication. Start by educating yourselves about online risks and setting clear guidelines for internet use. Use parental controls and privacy settings on devices to restrict access to inappropriate content. Teach your child about online safety, including the importance of not sharing personal information with strangers and being cautious about who they interact with online. Establish open communication with your child, encouraging them to come to you with any concerns or experiences they have online. Regularly monitor your child’s online activity and consider using monitoring software if needed. Stay informed about the latest trends and technologies to adapt your safety measures accordingly. By working together as a couple and staying vigilant, you can help protect your child in the digital world.
9.– How to encourage creativity
Encouraging creativity in children involves providing diverse opportunities for play and exploration. Engage in creative activities together, ask open-ended questions, and expose them to new experiences like museum visits. Reading together stimulates imagination, while unstructured playtime allows freedom for creativity. Celebrate and display their creations, be a creative role model, and avoid over-directing. Support their interests in various fields such as music or art. By implementing these strategies, parents can nurture a creative mindset in their child, fostering imagination and problem-solving skills from an early age.
10.How to deal with separation anxiety
Dealing with separation anxiety as new parents requires patience and gradual steps. Establish routines, communicate openly, and stay calm during separations. Practice short separations, provide comfort objects, and create a supportive environment. Gradually increase independence and validate your child’s feelings. Offer distractions and seek support if needed from pediatricians or mental health professionals. Every child is unique, so be patient and consistent in helping them navigate separation anxiety.

I hope you enjoyed this contents, I thought of how newly couples or parents would cope so i came up with this ideas. Hope it’s informative?Kindly share with your newly wedded friends.

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