Being in a position of authority comes more easily to some of us than others but parenting is all about setting boundaries and making sure your child recognises when no means no.
Milestones are a key area where discipline skills come to the fore, as this is a prime opportunity for children to test both our patience and our limits. It’s all part of the learning process as little ones will naturally try to get away with as much as they can but if you want to master milestones, you’ll need to rein it in.
The issue of anxiety is one that any parent is going to come into contact with at all stages of their child’s life. From the question of whether to let your baby “cry it out” to toddler separation anxiety and teenage angst, it seems like we’re on a never-ending rollercoaster of parenting nerves.
Separation anxiety is a specific issue that can affect children at all ages. Unfortunately, it can also impact on the progress of milestones as emotional maturity and development is so integral to mastering the key stages.
One of the most difficult parts about parenting is that there are many stages to every milestone and they don’t always unfold in a harmonious way. Take potty training. One of the most important elements of a successful potty-training process is encouraging your child by helping them to learn that they should signal their need to use the loo. This usually involves gentle – and regular – reminders especially in the early stages which gradually taper down as time goes on.
But the problems come when children learn to rely on this command-led training and lose the ability to go to the toilet on their own without a push. This can lead to an issue called withholding when they won’t go even when they feel the urge as mum or dad hasn’t prompted them. Withholding often (inevitably) leads to accidents which is a slippery slope towards regression. But don’t panic. You are not the first parent to encounter this issue.
Every time a customer buys our Family Seat, we are pleased to know that we are sending them all the tools they need to start on the right path for successful potty training. That’s because we include complimentary potty-training tools with every one of our seats including the all-important progress chart.
We all know that parenting can be tiring even at the best of times. But when milestones come into it, the exhaustion really hits. When it comes to night-time potty training, the added strain of getting up at all hours of the night or staying constantly aware of your child’s movements in case they need to use the toilet is mentally and physically draining.
Today we’d like to give our top self-care tips for tired parents with a focus on how to keep your head up after sleepless nights.
Being a parent is like riding a rollercoaster where every twist and turn is a new learning curve. While there is a wealth of more traditional parenting advice at our fingertips, there are many alternative types of parenting style that are gaining traction. A more conscious, “natural” type of parenting has been grabbing headlines recently with the idea of elimination communication at the centre of it all.