Parenting is rewarding and challenging, joyful and exhausting. New parents and seasoned parents alike are always looking for easy-to-apply parenting tips because as parents we make a million choices every day and sometimes, we need some shortcuts.

So, here’s a quick list of time-tested parenting tips to weight the scales toward joy.

  1. Practice Patience – be patient with your child while he or she learns how to navigate our world, but also remember to be patient with yourself while you learn to navigate parenthood. And, remember patience is an ongoing practice.
  2. Take Breaks – no one can be “on” all the time, and it’s OK to leave the room for a few minutes to take a deep breath or just be in a quiet space.
  3. Listen Respectfully – children are extraordinary communicators, almost from the time they are born. Listen to what your baby, toddler, or child is trying to communicate because though they are smaller, they have the same feelings and need to be respected as adults.

Now go enjoy your kiddos!

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