When you’re trying to balance a career, social responsibilities, and motherhood all at once, it can be extremely difficult to prepare for stressful parenting situations. Indeed, busy moms hardly have time to breathe –– let alone days to get ready for potentially stressful outings with their children. As such, certain high-tension situations can cause moms of every experience level trouble. The good news is, we’re here to offer a few helpful hints to help you deal with these four fraught parenting issues. This way, you can avoid a few headaches and move on to your next hurdle in good spirits:
The last thing a new mother wants to deal with is an unruly child at a formal event like a wedding, baptism, or funeral. Plain and simple, no one wants to make a scene during a sophisticated formal gathering, like a funeral. Some kids just need to be kept distracted, if you happen to be at a funeral and your child keeps asking questions, then consider explaining to them what a cremation is if they are old enough to understand. With that in mind, you should do everything in your power to ensure your little one is well-fed and well-rested before any ceremony starts. Furthermore, it’s a wise play to sit near an exit –– just in case you and your child need to make a quick run to the bathroom.
Visiting the Doctor’s Office
Getting regular medical checkups is a natural part of growing up. Still, many kids feel nervous going to the doctor’s. In order to combat these anxieties, you should develop a good relationship with your child’s pediatrician. In addition, showing your child how certain instruments like stethoscopes, needles, and pediatric tubes operate can help reduce some of the mystery –– and stigma –– associated with a visit to the doctor. Plus, it’s never a bad move to promise a reward for good behavior!
Games and Outdoor Activities
Ideally, children’s sporting events should be laid-back and enjoyable. However, that’s unfortunately not always the case. The good news is, you can teach your child good sportsmanship and prep them for playing with children their age early on at day cares and through play-dates. That way, they won’t be flustered, nervous, or over-excitable when organized sports begin at school.
Sleepovers can be quite the hassle for parents strapped for time. That’s why it’s important to plan ahead as much as possible when your little one starts making friends and inviting them over to your house. Having some healthy, pre-prepared snacks and setting a hard bedtime early on for your kids can help alleviate some of the strain of hosting multiple youngsters at once. Just remember though, sleepovers are supposed to be fun and relaxed. So resist the urge to monitor your kids’ every move; they’ll appreciate the respect you show them.