As a parent or soon-to-be parent, you are bound to hear your share of parenting advice through everyday conversations and various forms of media. Some of it is undoubtedly good advice. But at the end of the day, every family has its own set of personalities and faces its own challenges. Sifting through every piece of advice, especially when it’s conflicting or confusing, can feel overwhelming, muddle your parenting strategy, and steal the joy from your experience. In an effort to simplify things, Amazing School Assemblies master Cris Johnson put together this list of resources to serve as a reference for current and expecting parents:
Fulfilling Basic Needs
On your quest to be an awesome parent, the best place to start is with the basics, such as helping your child sleep, feeding them well, and giving them healthy attention.
Disciplining with Love
Discipline is a cornerstone of parenting, but it must always be done with love.
Spending Quality Time Together
Although many families spent a lot of time together over the last 18 months, the key is spending quality family time together, which has never been more important.
Self-Care (for the Parents)
It’s easy to forget about yourself when you’re taking care of your parental responsibilities. But if you want to be the best version of yourself for your kids, you have to prioritize your health and well-being, too.
There isn’t just one effective style of parenting, and you will need to make all kinds of adjustments throughout your child’s life. The best thing you can do is try to conquer the basics and remember to discipline with love, prioritize quality time with your child, and take care of your own health and well-being. And remember that, while challenging, parenting is supposed to be a joyous experience as well.
Carrie Spencer created The Spencers Adventures to share her family’s homesteading adventures. On the site, she shares tips on living self-sufficiently, fruit and vegetable gardening, parenting, conservation, and more. She and her wife have 3 kids, 2 dogs, 4 cats, 3 goats, 32 chickens, and a whole bunch of bees. Their goal is to live as self-sufficiently and environmentally-consciously as possible.