To most parents, parenting is a first-time experience when they get their first born. This experience comes with a lot of pressure, uncertainties, anxiety etc. From conception, both parents need to start engaging on how they plan to support each other through pregnancy and when the baby arrives. To-date most parents have multiple responsibilities that distract them from paying attention to children. Positive parenting entails having a set routine in your home, being consistent, and being able to communicate clearly to your children.
Positive parenting through teaching children social skills:
Parents need to ensure that both you and your child’s interests are taken into consideration. Below are a few tips on how parents can improve/teach children better social skills:
- Set rules and follow through with consequences when needed;
- Set routines for meals and bedtimes that establish stability;
- Develop your child’s ability to put himself in the shoes of others and grow more sensitive;
- Help your child learn how to express frustration, disappointment and anger without hurting others or retreating into sullenness;
- Establish basic rules of conduct: no hitting, kicking, biting, spitting, (no hands allowed), and no hurting others through our words.
If you establish those simple steps listed above, you will enjoy parenting.
Positive parenting can be achieved though making children independent:
Parents get caught up in doing everything for their children. Unfortunately, most parents confuse “Love” with good parenting. That’s why children eventually become manipulative expecting mommy or daddy to do for them very basic things like feeding themselves when they are able to do it. It’s important to allow a young child to complete puzzles and feed himself on his own and as he grows, to do his homework and projects by himself. Parents should teach children to pick out their clothing, dress themselves as they grow older, tie their own shoes, pack school snacks, make lunches the night before, set their own alarm clocks instead of waking them up, and having children put away their books and organizing themselves. To learn more click here.