Parenting is hard, but it is also one of the most magical things you can do in life. You’re dealing with different challenges every day and you are rewarded with memorable moments that you will cherish forever.
While parents deal with different challenges depending on the situation they are in, there are parenting tips that you can apply to make raising your children more fun and easier. I spoke to those working as professional nurses and picked up some great parenting tips you can borrow.
Set Aside Time for the Kids
It is not a secret that nursing is a challenging profession. Professional nurses have to deal with tight schedules and long work hours almost every day. A friend of mine actually takes her RN to MSN online program from Norwich University while working as a full-time nurse. She is also a mother of two.
How does she find the time to be with her kids? The answer is she makes time. Setting aside some time to do fun things with the children is a must. It is important for them – and for you – to get out of their routines every now and then.
By setting aside some time for the kids, you’re showing them two things. First, they will know that you will always be there for them. Sharing fun moments with the kids is a great way to strengthen your bond with them. Second of all, it is actually easier to build your schedule around your time with the children.
The friend I mentioned earlier has adorable kids and she’s well on her way to getting her online nursing degree. If she can make time, then so can you.
Be a Team
Nurses in a hospital rely on each other. They lean on one another for support in the toughest situations. This level of trust and teamwork is valuable in this profession. It is invaluable in parenting as well.
If you have a partner to lean on, you are not alone in raising your children. That partner can be your spouse, your parents, the close friends or relatives that help you every now and then, and other important people in your life.
Work as a team. Make sure you have the same position on different issues. The last thing you want is to disagree about discipline or other sensitive matters in front of the kids. It takes a bit of practice, but you’ll be able to rely on your partner the way nurses rely on each other.
Take a Break
Even as a full-time mom, taking a break and enjoying some personal time is still a necessary thing to do. That personal time will keep your life balanced. A balanced life means you will become less frustrated when things get tough with the kids.
Once again, this is an invaluable tip to use. When you can stay calm for the kids if they act up, it’s so much easier to control the situation and overcome any challenge you may face along the way.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, there is a lot to learn about parenting from the professional nurses in our healthcare industry. These three tips are the perfect starting points.