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ABC’S OF PARENTING SERIES

The Eleventh part of our ABC’s of Parenting Series is The letter K.

The letter “K” has a full range of words that relate to Parenting! Below is a small list that we think are important while dealing with our kids. We have included our thoughts, tips and tricks related to the letter K.

Kamikaze

Kamikaze parenting is not something I would advise. It involves risky and reckless decision making, a lot of anger and dividing of the family, self-destruction and tearing down of other family members. This type of parenting could be a sign of excessive partying – drugs and alcohol abuse. It could also just be a blatant disregard to logic.

No matter the reason, this is something that should be avoided at all costs. We may not always know the best direction to take in our parenting but the Kamikaze route is certainly not a direction to take. It is painful for all involved and leaves only distruction in it’s wake. If you feel you are in this situation, I would highly recommend seeking help!

Karma

Teaching the important lessons to our children takes time and energy. A good way to teach right and wrong is by using Karma as a teaching tool. Basically, the golden rule, do unto others as you would have done unto you.

Kids can really learn from and understand this mentality of you get what you give. When they see cause and effect in action, it can lead to a deeper understanding of how life works. Hopefully, as they understand this process they seek the positives and reap the goodness this world has to offer.

Keepsake

Treasures to keep as your child grows can be scrapbooks, a special outfit, their first hat, extra special toys or really any number of things.

Keeping things does not mean you have to live in clutter. Organize and prioritize the things you keep. Think about what is easy to store and what will keep when stored. Think about how much it was actually loved, used or played with.

Having toys around the house for other kids to play with can be excellent. As your children grow older and have children of their own, it can be nostalgic for their littles to play with the toys from their own childhood.

Ketchup

Kids can be picky eaters but this pureed condiment can often save the day when it comes to eating more and different foods. Parents often turn to ketchup to get their kids to actually eat the food in front of them.

A word of caution though, it is full of sugar and you should try to use it sparingly. Ketchup covers the natural flavors of foods and can often make a picky eater even more picky as they grown older.

Kind

Teach it, practice it, live it, love it, model it. Kindness is something you can teach best by modeling it. When your children see you engaging in kind behaviors, they learn from you how to give it and also how to receive it!

As your children grow, kindness will come naturally to them. The more they see it from you, the more kindness they will offer to those around them.

Kindred

In your family are you kindred spirits? This would mean you share a mutual and meaningful connection with each other. You are positive and supportive of each others thoughts and ideas. You encourage each other and share positive energy.

Being positive and supportive when your children are young fosters an amazing relationship as they grown into young adults. As they mature, the respect is reciprocal and you will find yourself in a positive and amazing relationship – kindred spirits.

King-Size

You have kids now, it is time to upgrade. Almost everything is shared. You might as well start buying the big versions of everything you can. Bigger beds and bigger candy bars.

Kids expect you to share everything with them. I have found, if you want to be happy in this, make sure you buy enough or big enough for everyone to get their fill.

Kiss

Affection is needed and craved by children. Kisses make them feel loved and give them a way to show love. To kids, it means someone cares about them or that they care about a person.

Be sure to teach appropriateness with kissing. Show them there is a time and place for it and also that their are appropriate people to share this with. Teach your children boundaries from an early age and continually reestablish those boundries and limits.

Kitchen

Let’s face it, you are in the kitchen a lot now that you have children. You want to make healthy meals and teach your children how to cook. Make it a priority to have quality time in the kitchen.

Kids crave an active roll in the kitchen. They learn so many lifeskills in there. It is a great place for family bonding and for preparing your kids for young adulthood. As they grow, allow them independence in the kitchen and give them some freedom to be creative.

There are many age appropriate ways to let your kids help. They can break up the lettuce or greens, wash vegetables and fruits, stir and mix foods, set the tables, cut foods or brown meat. A great way to let them help is to make grocery lists as a family and food plan together.

Kite

Flying kites on a windy day is a great way to get outside and away from the tiny screens we so often look at.L ooking up at the sky and focusing on the kite and the wind is so good for the eyes and for the brain.

Connecting with nature always feels good and breathing in natural fresh air has a great calming effect. It is also light exercise that helps with stretching our bodies, especially the neck and back.

There is always a great sense of pride and accomplishement when you get that kite to fly!

If you are looking for a inexpensive way to build a kite with youR kids, check this out! A Two-Step Homemade Kite for the Kids

Knowing

Remember you are not all knowing. Knowing what you don’t know and knowing when to listen are very important skills to have in parenting.

Don’t be a know it all parent. They are pretty annoying. Learn to listen as well as to speak. When you understand that other techniques work you can really grow as a parent. We all can become set in our ways but when we actively listen to others, we might learn new and improved parenting skills.

Knackered

Parents are often exhausted and knackered. We have so much to do and too much to think about. It seems we are always on the go and have very little time to recover. We tend to have broken sleep and it is next to impossible to get a good nights sleep. Especially in those early years.

As parents we are always trying to be aware. Always on guard and always looking out for dangers. Keeping our children safe is a top priority and is a full time, can’t quit job. It is exhausting to always be in protection mode.

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What is your favorite parenting word that starts with the letter k? Feel free to share in the comments!