While being a parent is one of the most incredible things you’ll ever do, it’s also one of the most challenging. There will be days when you feel like all you do is put out a million little fires and don’t reap any of the benefits. So let’s look at some common parenting challenges and ways to solve them.
When we need 10 minutes to zone out, no one grabs the iPad quicker than we do. But we also understand the issue of too much screen time. With your kids, try to find a happy medium. Do this by making screen time a reward for helping around the house or completing homework. Another effective way to navigate the screen time issue is to lead by example. When everybody has had enough screen time, head outside together for fresh air.
Homework can be tough if your kids are natural procrastinators. But in this case, it’s important to get to the root of the problem. Maybe they haven’t fully grasped the concept of the new math lesson, or they don’t understand the book the class is reading. Instead of nagging them about homework, find out why they are having a hard time doing their homework. Once you know what the issue is, you may have an easier time coming up with an effective solution.
Kids can test our limits by complaining. So if your child is complaining about every little thing, instill in them how important they are to you and that you understand where they’re coming from, but that life is not perfect. And sometimes, just asking how you can help them can go a long way. (They also might feel better after a snack or nap).
If you’re a parent of siblings, you can probably hear the latest argument ringing in your ears. The key is to treat both parties equally. Don’t take sides. Talk to each of them separately so they feel heard. With any luck, they’ve already forgotten what they were fighting about!
Regarding social anxiety, the best thing we can do for our kids is to give examples of the times they’ve overcome their fears. Never minimize their feelings. If the issue persists, talking to a professional is never a bad idea.
This can make for rough days, but remember: Every action has a cause. If your child is exhibiting anger or aggression issues, pull them aside and try to ask them why they think they are feeling the way they’re feeling. If necessary, seek the help of a behavioral therapist.