Raising children may seem easy, but most people can tell you from experience, it is not. Also, not everyone is meant to raise a child. However, with the proper parenting skills, even the most seemingly unable person can raise a child successfully. This article discusses the six stages in parenting and the tips and tricks to completing each stage successfully, resulting in a wonderful child. So, do not think that you are incapable of being a good parent because parenting will be a breeze after you read the following valuable information.

If you want your child to have a healthy emotional intelligence, make sure to validate their emotions and discuss emotional expression with them. Children learn when it is appropriate and inappropriate to express emotion – show them that emotions are a natural and valid means of expressing our feelings by labeling emotions for them, discussing both their and your emotional expressions, and validating their feelings.

It is important to establish realistic, achievable goals for your teenager. If your teen has a hard time with math, be sure to work with your teen to overcome obstacles and to establish goals that are reasonable. If you set goals that are not realistic, the teen will become frustrated and not work at all.

It is important for a child to know exactly what is expected of them each and every day. A child should not have to wonder or guess what their parents want them to do. They should know exactly what they are supposed to do and what the consequences will be if they do not do what is expected.

Making sure your children are fed properly will help your day run smoothly. When children are hungry, you will be able to tell right away. Infants will scream until they are fed, toddlers will throw a temper tantrum, pre-schoolers will get crabby, and older kids will get a horrible attitude. All this can be stopped by giving them a snack every 2-3 hours.

One of the most important pieces of parenting advice is to remain consistent. If you reprimand a child once, you must do it every time that incident occurs. If you praise a child once, the same is true. Lack of consistency makes a child feel insecure and confuses them. Consistent behavior does the opposite.

If your child wants to be different, let him or her! Stifling a child’s creativity can really retard their mental growth, so let them dress how they want or wear whatever Halloween costume that they wish. If they want to wear a princess dress to school, why not? It’s not hurting anyone!

When you have a newborn in the house, try to sleep when your baby sleeps. Newborn babies have crazy sleep schedules. They will be up every two to three hours at night. When they’re up, you’re up. If you don’t get some sleep when they do you will never be able to function throughout the day. Let the dishes wait and catch a few z’s when your baby does.

Do not resort to yelling if your child has done something wrong or made you mad. Yelling does nothing but make your child fear you. Instead, lower yourself to their eye level and in a firm voice, explain to them what they did wrong and why they cannot do it again.

Parenting can be a hard thing to do. I mean, you are responsible for how another human being turns out. Do not let raising a child scare you. Just remember the six stages of parenting and apply the tips and tricks we provided you along the way. Do not worry, you will be excellent at parenting in no time!