Our parents were far from perfect. Now that you are a parent you probably realise that you also are far from perfect. Learning from other parents is key to being a good parent, so we've supplied you with some answers to a variety of parenting dilemmas. As the parent of a young child one of the most important things to take into consideration is how to "childproof" your home. Make a checklist of items in the home that need to be childproofed. Avoid sharp edges on desks and tables and don't leave out small gadgets that a child can swallow. Make sure all cupboards and cabinets are both out of reach and securely fastened. You can never take too many precautions when it comes to the safety of your child. Parenting Schedule One important parenting skill that some modern parents neglect is good scheduling. Children are creatures of routine. Developing a firm schedule for the household and the children's place in it encourages good behavior and contentment. A nightly argument about when to go to bed, for example, is eliminated by a firmly established bedtime. A good schedule takes a little of the hassle out of parenting. Don't be afraid to take some time out of the day for yourself. Being a parent is a stressful job. Children are very sensitive to the moods and attitudes of their parents, and if you become irritable or unhappy, they will also become unhappy. Happy children start with a happy parent. Do not be afraid to make a little time for yourself in your parenting schedule. It can feel selfish to schedule private time when your kids need you. A brief opportunity to relax and relieve stress is worth it, though - not only to yourself but to your kids, too. A little relaxation will keep you balanced and able to react calmly to parenting crises. Reading all you can about parenting is an awesome tool to use in becoming a better parent. Other people's experiences may not mirror yours, but they can bring insight into a variety of different techniques which can be applied to your parenting problems. Keep reading and learning and you'll always be the best parent you can be!
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