Parenting in the 21st century is more complex than it used to be. Life is moving very quickly and with the electronics everyone has access to our jobs as parents have become harder and harder. Keeping parenting approaches more simple would free all of us from so much worry. Katrina Jensen, registered nurse with Intermountain Moms stopped by KUTV to provide some helpful tips:
Let your kids fail: Parents are used to stepping in despite realizing their kids are capable of completing a task simply to make things easier for them.
Three rules of homework: do the hardest thing first, put away the phone, and once homework is done load up the backpack and place by the front door.
Memorize the acronym H.A.L.T.: tantrums often happen because of being hungry, agitated, lonely or tired.
Plan not-so-random acts of kindness: helping others is an everyday practice not a visit yearly to the soup kitchen around the holidays. Daily acts of kindness will go a long way.
Be strict about bedtime: studies have found that kids who have irregular bedtimes have more behavioral problems than those with consistent bedtimes.
Don’t pay your kids to clean their rooms: it’s a mistake to tie everyday chores to money management. Pretty soon they will ask how much to carry in the groceries.
Repeat: I am not a short-order cook: it’s a child’s job to learn to eat what the parents eat.
Pay attention at age 14: this is when kids start to resist peer influence and flex the think-for-myself muscle. Put screens away and circle the wagons once a day. Ask “what’s new with your friends?”
Put on your own oxygen mask first: as they say on the airlines it’s true on the ground, too. Take care of yourself so you can be a fully engaged parent.