When you just don’t know what to do and you are having doubts about your parenting skills, you may feel like you’re all alone in the world. You’re not! We’ve all been through it and we’ve all come through the other side better people and that includes our kids. Here are some tips on how we’ve dealt with a variety of parenting problems and survived. If you’re away on a trip without your child, make sure you call them at least once a day to tell them you miss them. This lets the child know that you love them and haven’t forgotten about them. You don’t want your child to feel like they’re not as important as your friends or your job are.
A great tip for any parent is to demonstrate consistency and follow-through in all interactions with children. Parents who continually issue the same commands and potential consequences and fail to see them through will likely end up with children who are unwilling to listen or behave. Standing by your statements will teach kids to pay attention and regularly do what you ask of them. As a parent, possibly the most important thing you can do for your children is provide them with a moral compass. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to instill a particular set of religious values, but make sure they have a clear sense of right and wrong. Children with a solid moral grounding are more likely to grow into adults you can be proud of.
Eat dinner with your family as often as you can. Eating dinner with your children encourages healthy eating habits. It also allows you a chance to re-connect as a family, to discuss what went on during the day. When you eat together as a family, you know where your children are and what they’re doing in the evenings, which makes it easier to curtail or control destructive behaviors. A tip that goes unheeded by far too many parents is the suggestion that they remember to take time for themselves. Setting aside some personal time to decompress and maintain hobbies and interests will help moms and dads stay energized and engaged in the lives of their children. This will lead to a happier, more fulfilled family.
Make sure you don’t overload your child with work. Too many parents keep piling work onto young children and they overload them. Make sure your child has time to play and just relax. It’s important to balance work and play, especially when your child is just starting school. It’s too easy to ask too much of them at once. Just hold tight, breathe deeply and remember that tomorrow is another day. Implement the techniques we’ve supplied and come up with some of your own. Parenting is the hardest job on earth and there is no handbook or training that can truly prepare you for it. The beauty is that the foundation you are laying for your child, is well worth the effort!
Fifty years ago, if you had trouble conceiving a child, the default solutions were to adopt or remain childless. Modern medicine has broadened the options one has when creating a family. What are some of your options for creating or adding to your family?
In Vitro Fertilization
In vitro fertilization allows many people who otherwise could not conceive a child to create an embryo then carried to term by the intended mother. In vitro fertilization may be the only way to have a healthy child when screening for serious genetic disorders before embryo implantation is necessary. In vitro fertilization screening for one gender or the other is not recommended unless it is done to screen out genetic conditions that only affect one sex. In vitro fertilization can be combined with egg donation or sperm donation, so that the couple can have a child related to them.
Surrogacy with IVF
Surrogacy with in vitro fertilization or IVF allows couples that cannot naturally conceive children to become parents. Surrogacy with IVF permits you to have your own biological children even when the woman cannot carry the child to term for any number of reasons. One of the benefits of surrogacy with embryos created from IVF is that the surrogate has far less trouble giving up the baby, because it is not her biological child. IVF with surrogacy is one option for women who have had a history of pregnancy failure and stillbirths.
Surrogacy with Egg Donation
Surrogacy with egg donation uses donor eggs, the intended father’s sperm and a gestational surrogate that carries the child to term. This option allows women who do not have viable eggs due to age or health reasons to become mothers and have a child with their partners. The use of donated eggs is much more common today simply due to the number of women over forty trying to start or expand their families. It may be the only option for women whose ovaries have failed earlier than usual.
Surrogacy in Canada with egg donation is also used by women who were rendered infertile due to cancer treatment. Egg donation can increase the odds of successful IVF, since fresh embryos have a greater chance of taking than frozen embryos. Egg donation allows you to eliminate the risk of transmitting a genetic disease to a child, such as a mitochondrial disease.