What was the happiest day of your life? If you are a parent, the answer is clear as daylight… the day you became a parent. And if you are soon to be one, nothing, absolutely nothing is going to prepare you for the moment. Fortunately, we can prepare you for what’s next whether you are raising a child for the first time or have done so previously.
Read on to find 4 ways to become a better parent today:
#1 Be A Good Role Model
For children, for the first few years of their lives, their parents are their entire world, and this precious bond stays for life. Children learn by imitation and constantly emulate their role models. When it comes to wanting your child to act in a certain way, as parents, always walk the walk. They are much more likely to respond if you show them what you want them to do, as opposed to telling them.
#2: Show Them Love Through Action
Nobody in their right mind can say that there is such a thing as loving your child too much. Spoiling them on the other hand can happen when material-indulgence, leniency, low expectation, and over-protection are given instead of love. Instead, hug them often, spend time with them and listen to them daily to trigger a sense of calm, and to create an emotional connection.
#3: Practice Kind And Firm Positive Parenting
With an incredibly long development period leading up to their full maturity, children’s brains are shaped through their experiences. Always strive to be kind, firm, and positive while being alongside them through positive and negative experiences alike. This is especially important when it comes to disciplining and inculcating a moral compass in them concerning what is right and wrong. Strive to make these valuable learning experiences, instead of punishments.
#4: Pay Attention To Your Well-Being
Parents can at times become so consumed with raising their child that they stop paying attention to their well-being. You must maintain awareness about your well-being and take care of it to be able to raise your child in a sustainable, stable manner. Whether it’s taking care of your health, or your marriage, don’t be afraid to reach out, to indulge in self-care. All of these over time, play a major role in the kind of parent that you are to your child.