Good parenting, what an excellent topic and certainly a good question! There is no “one way” to be a good parent. No one expects you to be perfect.
Here are 8 effective parenting tips that you can start learning now:
Walk the walk. Don’t just tell your child what you want them to do. Show them.
Human is a special species in part because we can learn by imitation. We are programmed to copy other’s actions to understand them and to incorporate them into our own. Children, in particular, watch everything their parents do very carefully.
So, be the person you want your child to be — respect your child, show them positive behaviour and attitude, have empathy towards your child’s emotion — and your child will follow suit.
Give your child positive experiences. They will have the ability to experience positive experiences themselves and offer them to others.
Give your child negative experiences. They won’t have the kind of development necessary for them to thrive.
Not only do these positive experiences create good connections in your child’s brain, but they also form the memories of you that your child carries for life.
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.
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.
But how much time do you spend on working towards those goals?
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.
Children raised by parents who are consistently responsive tend to have better emotional development, social development and mental health outcomes.
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.
Take good care of yourself physically and mentally. Take time to strengthen the relationship with your spouse. If these two areas fail, your child will suffer, too.
For the full article and more parenting tips visit parentingforbrain.com.
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