Having kids is fantastic, these little people are what complete our families and bring us so much joy.
But let’s face it, kids can be annoying! We might love them with all our hearts, but kids and parenthood have a way of testing our patience at times.
Here are just a few of the annoying things we all have to deal with as parents.
Kids and head lice go hand in hand. When they’re around other children all day at preschool, school and play areas- if one person in the class has them it’s not long until everyone does.
It can be incredibly frustrating, especially when they then get brought home, and everyone in the household gets them too. This is something that every parent will experience at some point or another.
Rather than spending hours battling screaming kids with a nit comb, you could go to a head lice treatment center like liceclinicsoc.com. No messing around with over the counter products that don’t work, and you have peace of mind that they’re completely eradicated.
Adding a couple of drops of tea tree oil to your regular shampoo can help to deter lice, so it’s worth a try if your kids are constantly coming home with them.
We all know kids need great nutrition to help them grow and thrive. So when they’re refusing to eat any of the good stuff, it can put you in a tricky situation as a parent.
Becoming frustrated or upset around mealtimes is only likely to make the situation worse too.
If your child is refusing fresh fruit, you could try blending it up into a smoothie with some juice or almond milk. Sites like sheknows.com have recipe ideas for kids to try, they’re something that even picky kids are happy to drink.
If vegetables are the issue, finely chop them using your food processor and mix them with ground meat. This can be used in bases for things like lasagne, chili, bolognese and other dishes without anyone knowing they’re even there. Once everything is cooked up it all blends together and seems like part of the meat.
Try not to lose your cool and maintain a relaxed attitude around food as well. Let kids see you enjoying a wide range of healthy dishes, and soon they should start mirroring your behavior.
One of the brilliant yet equally annoying things about having kids is the constant questions. It’s fascinating to see how inquisitive they are, how they take an interest in everything and have an unquenchable thirst to learn more.
But it can often lead to questions that you simply cannot answer. Thankfully these days with the internet at our fingertips we can find the answers to all of life’s little burning questions. And even if you’re faced with the type of question where you don’t know how to explain it (where do babies come from is always a difficult one!)
Check out parenting forums like netmums.com, and articles online for advice. We might not be the fountain of all knowledge, and that’s fine, there’s nothing wrong with seeking advice from other parents or experts!
The thing about parenting is that it’s the hardest job you’ll ever do, and yet it comes with no training or handbook. There are times when even the most prepared, organized and patient parents ask themselves ‘am I doing this right?’
Parent guilt is something we all face. Telling your child no and seeing them upset for example is hard, but you know it’s best for them in the long run. Encouraging them to do things that scare or worry them such as take up a new hobby or mix with other kids, because you know it will benefit them.
Getting things wrong (as we all do) can make you feel like you’re failing. Chances are you experience parent guilt every day, don’t beat yourself up. You have to make hard choices and do things your children don’t necessarily enjoy at times to benefit their lives.
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