A good parent strives to make decisions in the best interest of the child. A good parent doesn’t have to be perfect. No one is perfect. No parent is perfect. No child is perfect either keeping this in mind is important when we set our expectations.
Walk the walk. Don’t just tell your child what you want them to do. Show them. So, be the person you want your child to be — respect your child, show them positive behavior and attitude, have empathy towards your child’s emotion — and your child will follow suit.
2: Show your love
There is no such thing as loving your child too much. Loving them cannot spoil them. Loving your child can be as simple as giving them hugs, spending time with them and listening to their issues seriously.
3: Always be available
Let your child know that you’ll always be there for them by being responsive to the child’s signals and sensitive to their needs. Support and accept your child as an individual. Be a warm, safe haven for your child to explore from.
4: Communicating with your children
Most of us already know the importance of communication. Talk to your child and also listen to them carefully. By keeping an open line of communication, you’ll have a better relationship with your child and your child will come to you when there’s a problem.
Many of us want to parent differently from our parents. Even those who had a happy childhood may want to change some aspects of how they were brought up. But very often, when we open our mouths, we speak just like our parents did. Reflecting on our own childhood is a step towards understanding why we parent the way we do.
6 Your Own Well-Being
Pay attention to your own well-being. Often times, things such as your own health or the health of your marriage are kept on the back burner when a child is born. If you don’t pay attention to them, they will become bigger problems down the road.
7. No Spanking
No doubt, to some parents, spanking can bring about short-term compliance which sometimes is a much-needed relief for the parents. However, this method doesn’t teach the child right from wrong. It only teaches the child to fear external consequences. The child is then motivated to avoid getting caught instead.
8. Goal of raising a child
What is your goal in raising a child? If you’re like most parents, you want your child to do well in school, be productive, be responsible and independent, enjoy meaningful relationships with you and others, be caring and compassionate, and have a happy, healthy and fulfilling life.
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