5 Steps for More Effective Parenting
Parenting is anything but easy. Raising children, particularly nice ones, is a lot easier said than done.
Good parenting is hard work, there is no easy way around that and there are no quick fixes.
Being a good parent requires a level of commitment that you will never have experienced before in your entire life.
The one thing parents all have in common is that they love their children more than anything and we all want the best for them. Here are 5 steps to help you parent more effectively:
Lead By Example
Being a good role model to your children is the easiest way you can be a more effective parent.
By leading by example, you will provide your child with the first-hand experience they will need for navigating their way through life later.
Make sure your child sees the best in you but, to see your vulnerability when you make mistakes.
You can lead by example by showing them that you are human.
Apologize when you mess up, then truly, you can be a hero to them.
Find your children the best childcare place that shares your family values. You can do so by doing a search in Vic on Toddle, your children need the best care, and they can help guide you.
By being kind to your children. When you are kind in front of your children, you will be teaching them one of life’s most important lessons.
The one to always be kind to yourself and others.
In a world that is not always filled with kindness and love, your job is to be the kindness that your child needs to see in the world.
Make sure that their teachers share the same views that you do on childcare.
Love Them Out Loud
We all know that you love your children, but you need to make sure that they know that you love them too.
Show them in every conceivable way that they mean the world to you.
Make sure that you always treat them with kindness and respect, speak nicely to them, and always be ready for cuddles and snuggles.
Children are sensitive beings, and because of that, they need to feel reassured that they are loved by a fantastic parent.
Do not make the mistake of thinking that you need to be soft to be a good parent. Whilst you should always show your child love and respect, you can do so in a firm manner when the situation calls for it.
You need to be able to confidently discipline your child when they are acting out and help to teach them that their bad behaviour has a larger overall impact on your family.
Your children will benefit from you practicing kind but firm parenting.
Be Your Child’s Safe Place
The best way to be a more effective parent is to always be your child’s safe place. With so many wild and crazy things happening in the world lately, your children will need this more than ever before.
Make sure that your child always feels comfortable to share their thoughts and feelings with you by being responsive to their signals.
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Your child is unlike any other child on the planet, support them as an individual and always be their sanctuary from the rest of the world.
Do your best to make sure that your child knows that you will always be there for them. No matter what happens!
Do you have any tips for more effective parenting that worked for you?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.