Hello! I’m Julie from Soldier’s Wife, Crazy Life. I’m a blogger & social media lover living in Tennessee. I’ve been married for 13 years to my National Guard Soldier and have three boys, 11, 9 & 5. You can follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. Today, I’m happy to be guest posting for Kendra and sharing some of my best ways to handle parenting challenges for those times you just don’t know what to do.
Parenting can be so hard sometimes. Whether it is when your child is going through a new stage or when you just feel like nothing is working the way it should. It’s challenging and it can sometimes seem you are hitting a brick wall with whatever is going on between you and your child. From the time they are little babies and might have issues with feeding or sleep to the teenage years when you just don’t know if they are really listening to you and you have to worry about their grades. The reality is, this is parenting. You will encounter challenges that feel so very hard. So what do you do when you hit that point? What is the best way to handle parenting challenges?
When it comes to parenting, perspective can go a very long way. Think about your current problem and remember that it will not last forever. Potty training was so hard for me with my three boys. While we were in the middle of it, I felt like we were never going to get through that phase. I would break down in tears over it. I didn’t understand why it was taking so long for them to understand how to use the bathroom. However, when I stopped to think about everything, I knew that my kids were not going to be in diapers forever. Unless a child has a medical issue of some kind, they will be able to be potty trained and go on in their lives diaper free. Remembering that stages do not last forever is a way to get to a better place when it comes to your parenting.
Mom friends are great to have. They can help you through parenting issues that you are having trouble with. You probably know someone who has children that are older than yours. If you are really stuck, bring the issue up with them. They might have a solution to help you through what you are dealing with. Even if your mom friends don’t have personal experience with a certain parenting issue they might be able to offer another perspective you have not thought about before. Talking things out with other people is always helpful and can help you figure out what you should do to help your child get through it.
Make a plan
Sometimes it is a good idea to make an actual plan and put it down on paper, no matter what the parenting situation you are dealing with is. Writing out what you can do can really help you come up with something. If your child is having trouble in school, you can figure out what can help them get passed the issue. Think about what your options are and make a plan. Even if your plan doesn’t work out the way you want it to, you can go back and make changes. Being able to work towards your parenting goals is a good feeling and helps you feel like you are on the right track.
What do you do when you have parenting challenges?