(Guest Blog Post)
Being a good parent can be one of the most challenging parts of your life and it’s not easy. No matter how old your kids are, your work is never done. To become a good parent, you need to love your children and create the best environment for them where your kids can develop their confidence and become independent and caring adults. And one of the first lessons for your children should be how to differentiate between right and wrong, among so many other things. Below are 3 simple tips to remember when parenting gets too overwhelming.
1. Love your kids and give them affection. Try to never overlook their physical activities and show them encouragement- a simple smile can go a long way to boost their well-being. Give them affection and make them comfortable with love. It’s important to remember that a parent never sets up conditions for earning your love.
2. Cheer up your kids and always make them feel proud of their achievements. When you don`t praise your child, they could possibly lose confidence and willpower to keep working hard. Whenever they accomplish difficult tasks, let them know you are so happy and proud of their achievements. Emphasize your kid’s victories and talents and do your best to minimize their faults. Instead of using simple phrases like “Good Job”, try to provide descriptive praise which describes to them exactly what is being appreciated.
3. Give time to your kids while taking care not to stifle or smother them. There’s a big difference between protecting a child and making them feel trapped with high expectations. You want them to feel like your time together is sacred and special without making them feel like they are forced to spend time with you. Listen to and respect your child and be supportive with what they want to do with their life. Remember though, you are the parent and children need boundaries. A child who has been allowed to behave as they please might struggle in adult life when they have to obey the rules of society. You are NOT a bad parent if you don’t allow your children to have everything they want. You can say no but try to provide a reason for saying no or offer an alternative. “Because I said so” isn’t usually the best reason!