One of the most amazing aspects of human existence is without a doubt, parenthood. Given that it is also one of the most challenging and that it does not come with instructions, the following article is designed to guide you in ways and means that other parents have discovered to be helpful.
Children often unconsciously reflect the image that parents project upon them, so make sure that whatever label you choose to apply to your child, it is a positive one. Instead of responding to a complaint of boredom with, “You’re driving me crazy, find something to keep yourself busy”, opt for a more encouraging directive: “You’ve always been such a great artists. Why don’t you try coloring or drawing for a few minutes?”
Remember to reward good behavior with praise and recognition. Children usually hear more reprimands for bad behavior than praise for good behavior and that might become discouraging to them. However, if you praise them for specific good behavior that they have exhibited, their confidence will be lifted, and they will exhibit the good behavior more often.
If you’re interested in boosting your child’s cognitive development, consider limiting the amount of time they spend watching television each day. Research indicates that hours spent watching tv has an inverse relationship with academic performance – the more hours spent watching tv, the lower the grades tend to be.
A great parenting tip is to never blab to your child’s siblings or other people when your child divulges a secret to you. Not being able to keep a secret is a surefire way to lose your child’s trust. Unless the secret requires intervening, you should just keep it between you and your child.
Never taunt or belittle your child, even in a joking manner. A child’s self esteem is nurtured or injured from the beginning of life by his parents. Instead of telling your child, “You did that wrong”, try saying “Good job! Now let’s try to do it another way.” The smile you receive from this positive comment will tell you how much your child counts on you to develop positive feelings about life.
When your child is acting out, ask yourself if he or she possibly needs some one-on-one attention. If you have been caught up on the computer or phone or have otherwise been occupied, give your child ten undivided minutes of your time. This may ward off a full-blown tantrum and reminds your child that he or she is worthy of your attention.
Make sure that your child is getting enough sleep each night. If they do not get enough sleep, they tend to lose focus throughout the day, which could prevent them from doing school work and other activities. Try not to let them eat or drink anything sugary for at least a few hours before bedtime.
One of the most important things to learn as a parent is when to seek advice. Hopefully this article has provided you with useful advice you can apply in your daily parenting. As with many things, benefitting from the experience of others is often wise, and we parents need every bit of wisdom we can get!