Top Parenting Challenges: How to Deal

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But before you even set foot in the store, let your child know exactly what you plan on buying and whether or not you'll be buying something for her. That way, when you have to say no, it's not a surprise. Likewise, give children your expectations of how to behave - and what happens if they don't - at a restaurant before you even arrive. Basically, planning ahead - clearly outlining for the child the consequences of good and bad behavior - is key to heading off bad behavior before it happens. Sticking with those consequences and enforcing them every time is the best way to let your child know you mean business. Finally, take care of yourself. Parenting is a huge challenge, so exercise, eat right and get plenty of sleep to avoid exhaustion.