Usually for the 411 blogs, I provide health advice or commentary on pregnancy, babies or children. But, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day (add red heart here) today’s post is a different kind of health wisdom.
Happy parents have happy children (studies show this, too.)
You don’t have to do-it-all for some sort of Parent of the Year award. Appreciation, acknowledgement, love…these are qualities that parents should exhibit to each other and which will contribute to better parenting. I find that following these two rules help to get there.
- Share responsibilities between you and your partner when it comes to the kids. As the kids become older, have them help out, too.
- Take some ‘just parents’ time. Put on the pause button to do something for you and your significant other. This can be hard especially if your baby is going through a screaming phase or you’re both operating on three hours of sleep or at 38 weeks pregnant all you want to do is lay in bed. But taking even a little time to appreciate your partner can make a big difference.
Why is this so important? Because it takes a family to be family. And the happier you and partner are the easier it is to get through the hard parenting moments. Not to mention, it also teaches your children valuable lessons in caring and sharing.
Happy Valentine’s Day.
Ari Brown, MD