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Parenting Strategies for Common Family Challenges

Parenting Strategies for Common Family Challenges


Your kid gets sick and suddenly your plans to clean the house, get to work on time, or follow through with some other commitment get derailed. Sound familiar? As parents, we face challenges like this daily. Having children is a blessing. But some days it can have us wondering where we left our car keys, not to mention our sanity. We often look to experienced parents, those with years under their belt, and wonder how they do it. Here’s the advice we rounded up from parenting veterans on how to face common family challenges without losing your cool.


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Nutrition and health

Do you have picky eaters that snack all the time? And it’s a struggle to get your kids’ daily nutrition requirements into evening meals? You know they should be eating more leafy greens and nutrient-dense foots… But they tell you they don’t want to. What are you to do?
Here’s a simple solution for you… Stop buying overly processed and sugary snacks. If they aren’t on hand in the snack cupboard, you and they will not be tempted. Have healthy replacements immediately available. Buy fruit. Have veggie sticks in the fridge with tubs of salsa and hummus. A nutritious and popular kid pleaser is the humble peanut butter ball. Add chia seeds, flax seeds, almonds, raisins, and whatever else, and your kid will have a power-packed snack. If they do not care for the healthy snacks you prepare, at least they will work up an appetite for that healthy dinner.

Emergencies and accidents

Common child injuries occur daily. Do you know who to call if the injury was a result of someone else’s negligence or medical malpractice? Is your family doctor on speed dial? What about your child’s school? Your spouse’s workplace? Having an emergency list of phone numbers next to your house phone is the first step in being prepared for emergencies as a parent. Many families today use a Smartphone instead of having a house phone. So place these emergency phone numbers in your smartphone’s contact list, and some of these numbers should be in your kids’ phones, too. But also keep this list on the fridge in case an accident should happen while your kids are with a babysitter.

This list should include…

  • Poison control
  • Animal control
  • Doctor / ER
  • Local pharmacy
  • Your kid’s school
  • Your lawyer
  • Neighbor or a friend with a key to your house
  • Your bank
  • Your credit card company
  • Local locksmith
  • Local towing service

Another essential for being emergency-ready? Be sure to have a first aid kit in the house.

Work emergencies

We all want to prioritize our families, but sometimes a work emergency will come up and destroy our best-laid plans. When that happens, play dates, after school classes, and more are left hanging. Then we feel guilty for trying to balance a career and our family lives.

Working parents should create for themselves a support system of people they can call in a pinch. Babysitters, close friends, grandparents, family, kids’ classmates that they can have a playdate with. Daycare centres should not be off the list. Neither should a good neighbour friend. Curate this list frequently and make sure to always follow-up a baby-sitting stint with a heartfelt thank-you accompanied by a gift. Your support system needs nurturing to stay strong. Remember that.

Aside from having a net of people who can help stand in for you, you need to assess the expectations you have of yourself as a working parent. And the expectations your boss has of you. They may not know you are struggling unless you speak up. When you do bring up a possible work/family life conflict, make sure you mention alternatives that work for you. For example, you can’t stay for meetings past 4pm, but you are open to a phone call at 5pm. Ask for flexibility, but also provide workable options.


Lyne Proulx
Lyne Proulxhttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
Lyne Proulx is a Certified WEBB Bodywork Pet Practitioner, Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. She loves all things Disney and is an avid teaholic and chocoholic. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. “A nutritious and popular kid pleaser is the humble peanut butter ball. Add chia seeds, flax seeds, almonds, raisins, and whatever else, and your kid will have a power-packed snack.”

    This sounds delicious! My daughter would love it!

  2. These are great tips. I agree with not buying the overly processed snacks, and having healthy food available. Having kids eating nutritious food makes everything go smoother.

  3. Children are such a blessing from God. I think we learn as we go as far as parenting goes. It involves alot of hard work and discipline. Thank you so much for sharing

  4. Really good ideas here, thanks for sharing. I know that as a child I was a fussy, guess I still am but mightily improved on my childhood. My poor mother would keep giving me veg that I didn’t like cauliflower, cabbage etc. and still expect me to eat it, which of course I never did. I still don’t like cabbage but enjoy cauliflower, onions, mushrooms and lots more that I never used to eat.
    Another thing is that kids should also know how to phone 911 in an emergency, kids have saved a parent more than once by being able to do this. They should also know what to do in case of a fire at home. Kids should also know their address and phone number too.


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