Parenting Tips from Great Moms

Filed under: Tips And Tricks - 18 Mar 2013  | Spread the word !

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Every mother knows that parenting has its perks and that it takes certain skills to raise a child properly. Here are some life-tested parenting advice that come straight from the mouths of the experts – real moms who actually know what they are talking about and are aware of how important is the emotional development of a child.


1. How to gather helping hands

Trista Idoni (43), mother to Mallory (8), says: “Enlist everyone you can to help you. Just because you’re a mother, that doesn’t mean you have to be Wonder Woman. When my daughter was born, I called my sister crying. Hearing how overwhelmed I was, she came in all the way from Alaska and helped me set up a schedule, which was such a lifesaver! It takes a village to raise a child, especially a newborn, and you’re a better mother for asking for the assistance that you need.

2. How to help homework happen

Karen Schiff Freeman (37), mother to Rebecca (12), Jarrett (9), and Lexi (6), says: “As soon as my kids get home from school, I set them up for homework time, with each child at his or her own station in the kitchen so that they don’t mix up their papers. Then I find something to do in the vicinity so that I’m nearby for help if they need it, but not hovering over them. It’s a routine we stick to, so the kids know what’s expected of them every day.

3. How to win the sweets war

Emily Becker (39), mother to Jonathan (11), and Madelyn (4), says: “I serve my kids whatever I plan to feed them for dinner, including a small portion of dessert, all together on those plastic sectioned character plates (Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob are their favorites). Each area has chicken, rice, salad, and a Popsicle, or something similar. I don’t bug them to eat the veggies before the treat, so even if they have dessert first, it’s small enough that they don’t fill up — therefore they always move on to eat a nice amount of dinner. It works like a charm.

4. How to banish boo-boo fears

Betty Miliano (48), mother to Trevor (24), and Blake (17), says: “If the sight of blood terrifies your child, use dark washcloths to clean up cuts and scrapes. Better yet, try storing the cloths in plastic bags in the freezer — the coldness will help with pain relief.

5. How to sleep easy

Wendy Marner (42), mother to Wreece (12), Elijah (6), Thad (5), and Angelia (2), says: “Put the baby bassinet in the living room during the day, especially if you have other children. Your baby will become accustomed to the noises, and then she’ll be able to take a nap anywhere! When we adopted Angelia, we were making over our bedroom, so we had to put her bassinet in the living room. But it worked out great, because now she can sleep through the other kids playing and watching TV. A well-napped child is happier and makes for a happier mom too!

6. How to put nightmares to bed

Lisa Keddy (43), mother to Nicholas (6), says: “When your child has nightmares, here’s how to ward off ‘monsters’: Use a battery-operated handheld fan to chase them away, and fill a spray bottle with ‘Go-Away Monster Spray.’ Then lie in bed with your child and ask him what he’d like to dream about, suggesting pleasant things like sharing an ice cream cone or building a sand castle on the beach. This worked with my son, and now he sleeps through the night.

7. How to get feelings out there

Nancy Feingold (57), mother to Seth (26), Lindsey (24), and Adam (22), says: “When I had a cranky child on my hands, I’d swoop her into my lap and say, “It’s time to complain, so let’s complain together. Oh, I feel so angry, or hurt, or sad,’ hugging her the whole time and letting her be cranky. After a while, she felt soothed and ready to move on. Also, she learned to put words to her feelings.

8. How to make bath time a treat

Diane Kilroy (46), mother to Matthew (21), and Eric (19), says: ““When my kids were babies and it was time to bathe them, I dropped the bottles of soap and lotion into the warm bathwater. That way, when I lathered them up, they felt nice and warm and didn’t get a chill.

9. How to teach the value of friendship

April Wade (33), mother to Brittany (9), says: “My daughter is very social, and she’s at that age when her friends are on a revolving loop — I never know who’s in and who’s out. When she’s down in the dumps because a girl at school doesn’t like her, I’ll ask her about another girl who I’ve noticed she’s treated poorly. I comfort her too, but I want her to truly be aware of her responsibility: Being a good friend is more valuable than any amount of popularity.

10. How to prioritize family dinner

Pamesha Robinson-Joseph (27), mother to Nasheim (8), Tyrell (6), and Jocaharia (4), says: “I was having problems with my oldest son being rebellious, so I started enforcing family dinner with no TV, no phones, and no guests — just our family. We talk about school, homework, and other concerns the kids might have, and sharing these nightly times together has really improved my son’s behavior.

These great parenting tips come from real moms who have actually tried them with their own kids. If you are having troubles in any of the aforementioned situations, you might as well try them and see if they work with your children. Trying can’t possibly hurt!

References: WebMD

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