Seven in ten women feel isolated as a mom.
Raising kids is one of the toughest and most fulfilling jobs in the world — and the one for which you might feel the least prepared.
Here are nine child-rearing tips that can help you feel more fulfilled as a parent.
1. Boosting Your Child's Self-Esteem
2. Catch Kids Being Good
3. Set Limits and Be Consistent With Your Discipline
4. Make Time for Your Kids
5. Be a Good Role Model
6. Make Communication a Priority
7. Be Flexible and Willing to Adjust Your Parenting Style
8. Show That Your Love Is Unconditional
9. Know Your Own Needs and Limitations as a Parent
Face it — you are an imperfect parent. You have strengths and weaknesses as a family leader. Recognize your abilities — "I am loving and dedicated." Vow to work on your weaknesses — "I need to be more consistent with discipline." Try to have realistic expectations for yourself, your spouse, and your kids. You don't have to have all the answers — be forgiving of yourself.
And try to make parenting a manageable job.
Focus on the areas that need the most attention rather than trying to address everything all at once. Admit it when you're burned out. Take time out from parenting to do things that will make you happy as a person (or as a couple). Focusing on your needs does not make you selfish. It simply means you care about your own well-being, which is another important value to model for your children.