Quick Parenting Tips for Busy Parents

Even busy parents can succeed in making parenting changes. Follow these simple parenting tips for busy parents.

Let’s face it, as a parent you are busy. The overwhelm of parenting on top of all the other work in your life can be exhausting. And it can leave you feeling like you are failing as a parent and that something needs to change. And that’s the hard part, because how can you take on parenting changes when you are already feeling stretched thin? The truth is there is no perfect time to take on parenting changes so if you need some parenting relief here are 3 parenting tips for busy parents.

 

3 Parenting Tips For Busy Parents

1. Begin with a hug

When your child is struggling, begin by offering a hug. It may seem counterintuitive to offer a hug when your child is behaving poorly or being a jerk to someone in the family. But what they really need in that moment is connection and co-regulation so they can calm down. And that is what a hug can do for them. Once they are calm they will be more receptive to you correcting their behavior.

2. Make time for play

Whether you have a toddler, preschooler, school age child or teenager, kids need play. Because play is a destressor, healing agent and way to learn. And play with a parent can be a way to help them connect with you. This connection helps form the basis for trust when it comes to influencing your child’s behaviors. And for having them share information with you, especially when they are older. So take a little time each day, even 5 minutes is enough, to read a book with them, play something, have them teach you about something they are interested in or joke around.

3. Improve your listening

One of the complaints I hear most from parents is that their kid doesn’t listen to them. But listening is a two-way street. When parents become better listeners, their children become better listeners too. So the next time your child is complaining, not complying, not listening, etc. repeat back to them what they are saying. It doesn’t mean you are going to give in or give up, you are just showing them you hear what they are saying. And when your child feels heard, they can better accept what you are saying back to them.

 

Let’s talk about consistency

 

While consistency definitely helps with parenting changes, you don’t have to be perfect. Don’t let your struggle with consistency or lack of time be a barrier to trying these parenting tips. Try just one of the tips above once a day for a week to see how it makes you feel and how your child responds.

The most important part about parenting changes is not about perfection. It’s connection. Which is why these 3 tips are all based in creating connection.

So give yourself a little credit and a little slack as you try something new. Because you can begin to change your child’s behavior! And it doesn’t need to feel impossible.

 

And if you are at your breaking point…

 

As a Certified Parent Coach who has worked with many, many families I’m here to tell you, you can do this! Just like you are able to find the time to deal with a crisis when it arises in your house or at work, you can find the time and effort needed for parenting changes. But it doesn’t need to feel impossible and you don’t have to go it alone.

At Happy Parenting & Families parent coaching, I help make parenting easier. I listen to your parenting struggles and help you know what parenting solutions would work best for you and your family. So if you are feeling overwhelmed and alone in your parenting, reach out. I offer free 30 minute consultations so you can release your burden and begin getting parenting solutions that work!