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care of children is a stressful job that never really ends. Parents learn very
quickly in those first crucial years that it truly is the hardest job in the
world. Nothing can ever compare to being a parent. Dealing with children can
become problematic and stressful. Whether you have one child or several, your
stress level will reach outstanding levels. Knowing how to deal with this while
keeping your temper in check is an acquired skill.
When you find yourself having that same argument with your child that you have
already had many times before, walk away. There is no sense in dragging it on
and on. Kids can be relentless and not know when to stop. Their sense of time is
also much different which allows them to outlast parents quite often. Put an end
to arguments by saying the final word on it and walking away. It is necessary to
take a few minutes for yourself to take a few deep breaths and maintain your
Do not hesitate to have your child leave the room and go for a time out when
they will not listen. A time out is a way of indicating to children that their
behaviour is not going to get them anything positive. It is often recommended
that children have a time out that is related to their age. For example, a five
year old would go for a five minute time out. Don't forgo time outs unless you
have a better method that is sure to work.
If you threaten your children with some kind of punishment such as taking away a
toy or game, be sure to follow through with it. Parents who threaten but never
follow through are giving their children a ton of power over them and that's
just not the way it should be. If you tell your child they will get a time out
and they persist in their behaviour, off they go to their room. No amount of
pleading or whining should make a difference in this.
Always take time for yourself. Too much time with your children can be negative.
It's important for all of us to have time for ourselves. Go out and participate
in your favourite hobbies or visit with friends. Adults need time with other
adults so don't deny yourself of that. It makes you appreciate your family so
much more after. Likewise, married couples need time together without the kids
once in a while too. It's necessary for a healthy relationship.
Don't forget who the adult is. Kids have a way of figuring out very early on how
to manipulate their parents. However, they are not the adult in the situation so
when they are trying your patience, remember that. It's up to you to keep
control of the situation. Keeping your cool can be difficult but it must be
done. Stay calm and cool when the kids are making you crazy and you'll find the
outcome is much more positive.
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