Monday, March 21, 2011
Creative Parenting Tips and Tricks | Family Economics
Parenting may not always be easy, but there are lots of creative ways to get through the sticky parts of parenting small children. I want to share a few creative tips and tricks that worked very well for me during the first several years of raising my three kids.
The one finger rule
Most parents warn small children not to touch anything in the store while shopping, for risk of breaking items. However, I found that not allowing tactile, curious kids to touch and feel is often a losing battle. When shopping with my little ones I would ask them which finger they were going to use. More often than not they would hold up their first digit, and we would proceed into the store where they were welcome to touch, but carefully and only with that one finger. This technique proved 100 percent successful with three small children, every time.
My kids are all within three years of age of each other, so store parking lots were often a scary place when unloading and loading little ones into the car. My rule was to always have one hand on the vehicle or me until you were in the car. This rule kept one child from wandering away while I was preoccupied with another. Also, when one felt too old to be hand-held in certain places, having them hang on to my hip belt-loop proved a reasonable alternative.
Ever call your child’s name and although they are in earshot, they just don’t hear you? I’m sure there’s some interesting psychology behind that, but we solved the issue with a simple routine of the game “Marco Polo.” Beginning at home, I practiced with my kids- when they were out of site, I would occasionally call “Marco!” and expect to hear all three voices replying “Polo!” This was a great help once my children began private bathing and I felt the need to constantly confirm their safety. In stores, this routine was a saving grace when a child left my view. Calling “Marco” in public works like a charm, (unless your child’s name is actually Marco!)
Do you have some unique parenting tricks up your sleeve?