Most parents loathe the idea of having to shop with their kids’ because they end up overspending. Moreover, it can be quite difficult to control kids at the store as each of them tries to pick things they love. However, shopping with kids does not always have to be a torturous experience. You need to remember that children have needs and you need to stay alert; if they are restless, then they are tired or even hungry. Thus, it is advisable to feed kids before visiting the store.
You also need to know that you don’t have to buy everything that your child examines. Thus, acknowledge the fact that they are curious and instead of scolding them, assist them in holding it safely or that it should only be viewed without touching.
If planning to shop with an infant, ensure that you make that trip after they have rested or after feeding them. That way, they are less likely to become irritable. Additionally, ensure that they are comfortable by carrying them with a carrier instead of using the stroller or shopping cart. Also, since you are likely to give less attention to the child during shopping, ensure that they have a small toy to keep them occupied. However, this doesn’t mean that you should forget to maintain eye contact with them or saying a few gentle words.
When planning to go shopping with your kids, choose a time that the store is less crowded. It can be disastrous to shop before dinner because most people at the store are tired from work and are in a rush to get home. The best time for shopping is morning or afternoon and the weekdays. When the store is not crowded, you will have adequate time to sample different items as per the needs of your child.
Most importantly, if your child shows interest in an item that you had not planned for, promise to buy it in the next shopping trip.
It can be quite difficult for new dads to transit into fatherhood smoothly. Fatherhood comes with numerous responsibilities that can be overwhelming. Interestingly, just like mothers, fathers are equally good in detecting and responding to their newborns needs. However, though there may be differences in the parenting styles of the mother and the father, the best thing is that dads care for their children in ways that only dads can. Therefore, if you are overwhelmed with the idea of being a new dad, here are a few tips that will see you bond with you newborn baby.
First, don’t be afraid to try new things however scary they might look. Thus, you can help with bathing, dressing, changing the diapers and so on. These are some of the best ways of bonding with the baby. Additionally, note that good parenting emanates from practice; the more you do some things, the more confident you become. It is also necessary to support your partner when they become overwhelmed. For instance, you can help her in identifying the reason why the baby won’t stop crying. That way, you will discover the things that your baby likes or dislikes in addition to how she responds to certain things such as stroking, humming and so on.
It is also essential to be affectionate to your child; affection helps in the generation of oxytocin into the baby’s brain. Oxytocin enables the baby to feel good and stimulates the development of their brains. You can show affection by imitating the facial expressions of your baby be it a frown, a giggle, funny sounds or smiles. Such gestures will enhance the attachment that you have with your baby.
Though it may seem difficult, try talking with your baby. Talking or singing helps the newborn gain a sense of contentment and security. It also enables them to build their language skills.
With these tips, you will be the best dad ever!