Parenting Advice

By: Angie Larson

Parenting advise comes in many different forms. Some may use a strict discipline, and others may use more of the friendship method. Whatever fits your family there are some important aspects to parenting that need to be looked at. These are Health, Education, and where to find parenting advise. Now days advise can be found on the internet or just about anywhere. But some of the good places to find advice are from your own parents, family members, psychologists, ministers of church, teachers, and other child professionals. Most importantly children will look at you for how they should act so if you don't want your children to do something, then you should not do it. Parents need to be active in their child's life at all times, only then will a parent truly know what the child needs.

One aspect of great parenting is to make sure your child's health is taken care of. This does not just mean eating healthy, but also excerise and getting good doctor check-ups is part of that. As a parent you should encourage your child to eat three good balanced meals a day and if snacks are required then a good snack of veggies would help in curving your child's way of eating. Also involvement in sports or just other activities than watching TV, playing video games and working on the computer. Even try to take your child out and do some activity with them. And then lastly, taking your child to the doctor for regular check-ups will help give your child a well rounded healthy life.

Education for our children is also another important aspect of raising our children. Sometimes making the choice of which educational choice is right for your child/family is a tough one. Just because most people you know choose a specific venue, does not mean it is the best for your child/family. Some families have children in several different educational venues. There are several choices, such as public, private, and home school. There are many things in all venues of education that will help your child get a good education. In public and private schools teachers are a good source for helping you know what to do to help your children. It is just a matter of asking for that help and then acting on it. It does not do any good to ask the teacher what you can do to help and then do nothing after getting the suggestions. Take an active part in your child's education, just as you do in their physical and spiritual aspects of their lives. Knowing what the school is teaching your child should not be a mystery to you. Volunteer to chaperone a field trip, or help out the teacher in class occasionally. Teachers will help you find ways to be involved. Not only will it help your child, but others as well. This brings us to home schooling as a venue. Don't believe all the myths out there about home schooling. Find some people in your community that do it and check it out. It may be what is right for you. There are so many educational helps today for home schooling that it is not as hard as you may think. Two of the most frequent objections heard today about home schooling, besides education are "I couldn't do it because my child doesn't listen to me and we argue too much." It may be surprising to some of these people how much their child would actually begin to listen because that child has their parents attention and care for more than a few minutes each day. I have not heard of too many home schooling parents or children that don't grow closer to one another. The other frequent objection besides education is that there is a lack of social experience, though this may be true for some, (which is only because that family would not be out doing anything outside the home) it is not the norm. Most home schoolers get involved in homeschool co-ops that get together with other home schoolers each week, and it would be safe to say most have neighbors that they play with. There are even classes that kids can take from other home schooling parents that teach in the co-ops that not only help with the social aspect, but the educational one because these other teachers usually have degrees in these subjects. Homeschooling does not have to mean a lesser education because you don't think you are smart enough or can't remember things you did know once upon a time. It also does not mean your child can not learn from and interact with the outside world. It may also be surprising how much can be accomplished with that unruly, rebellious child, and how much the parent and child may grow closer to one another and be able to work together.

With all these aspects of parenting, choose what is right for you and your family and grow together. Parenting advice is out there in many different forms, read and learn on all the different parenting ways, health, and education for your family and make a plan to succeed in parenting. One day you may be helping others with parenting advice.

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