If you like and respect your doctor, make sure that you don’t miss appointment or waste time during the consultations. Always follow advice and encourage your children to be polite and compliant. A good doctor is a huge asset to a family, particularly in the early years, so show your gratitude through your family’s good manners.
If you don’t have to take the whole family to the doctor, leave them behind and just take whoever needs to go. Why expose everyone to waiting-room bugs if its not strictly necessary.
Keep it with your health visitor. Health visitors are not only for the early months, they are there to help you throughout your kid’s childhoods. If there’s something worrying you or you’d like to chat about a problem, seek their advice. They can offer invaluable support and wisdom for your children, babies and whole family.
Get information to help you decide whether or not to immunise your children or babies, and against which diseases. Try not to avoid the issue or delay the jabs because the experience becomes more uncomfortable and traumatic as your child get older and more aware of what is happening.
Give them a small piece of chocolate or another favourite snacks to treat your children after that.
If you are feeling stuck in a rut, try being more adventurous with the choices that are already available to you. Even small changes can be refreshing. Try different foods, or drinks, read a new genre of novel or bush walking or take some photos with your phone, or visit the places that you have never been to before. (Don’t forget to take your camera to snap!)
Be selective. Commit yourself to whatever you feel is really worthwhile, but beware of saying yes to every request that is made to you. You can not take other people kid’s to school and help in the school library and go on the school outing and undertake fund-raising and ferry a bunch of kids or babies home for tea and you then be fresh for your own children. Only undertake what you can achieve comfortably.
Relax with a drink. If you like to chill out with a drink in the evening, save it until after your children gone to bed. Early evening is a busy time with kids, and alcohol can make make it less easy to cope with conflicting.
Get the professional photographer to take some family photos at least once a year as your children grows so quickly. You don’t want to miss opportunity!
Have a nap. If you feel ratty and as though you just cant cope with your kids, try to snatch a nap. Even just a catnap – when you can. our good humour is far more likely to return after a revitalising rest. Children and sleep are certainly not bedfellows, so get into te habit of going to bed as early as possible.
Give yourself a break. Leave your children with someone you trust and have a little time to yourself. Even if you are only away from them for an hour or so, you will enjoy kids more when you return.
Fit a bolt (a small one would do)to the inside of your bedroom door so that, from time to time you can ensure a little parental privacy.
Nurture your spirit with whatever you have the opportunity and are not too tired.
This may not be often, but the more you and your partner enjoy each other’s minds and bodies, the better you will weather the challenges and share the joys of parenting together.
Use your head, if you are a full time parent, try to keep in the swim of adult life by reading, talking, taking courses or embarking on some home study.