Friday, January 25, 2013
Guest Blogger/Post Kate from A Girl For All Time
Top 10 Tips Every Parent Should Follow
As parents, it is only natural that we all want to do a fantastic job of raising our children. It takes great courage to be a parent, given the level of commitment and responsibility that is required of us.
We looked at ten top tips that won’t do the job for you, but will give you the confidence and the conviction to be the best parent you can be.
There isn’t a ‘right’ way to be a parent, so stop fretting about whether or not you are doing the ‘right’ thing. What works for some parents and children might not for others. Be confident that whatever works for you is the best thing to do.
2. Appreciate Play
You go to work every day, and probably take great pride in it. The time your children spend playing with their favourite dolls, for example, is their equivalent. Take the time to appreciate what they do, and spend time with them as they do it to aid social and emotional development.
Speak, listen, and engage in non-verbal communication as much as possible. Smiles, hugs, waves, and games of ‘peek-a-boo’ are all great ways to ‘speak without speaking.’
4. Build Good Habits
Children are eager when they are young, so take the time at an early stage to build good habits, whether this is in the food they eat, the way they brush their teeth, or reading for 30 minutes before bed.
5. Encourage Questions
Children are curious by nature, and as a parent you can encourage this by answering all of their questions and helping them to build their understanding of the world around them.
6. Learn About Children
Understand how youngsters develop, why they do certain things, or what they need in order to flourish. Above all, recognise that your child is unique, and you know them better than anyone, or any book, ever will.
7. Promote Individuality
It is easy for parents to try and lead their children a particular route, especially when it comes to hobbies and interests. Support your child’s individuality, and encourage them to explore avenues even if they aren’t the ones you would ordinarily promote yourself.
8. Make Time for Family Activities
Modern life is busier than ever, and as such families can often resemble ships passing in the night, with parents coming and going to work and children at school or spending time with friends. Ensure there is a fixed period of each day or week where you commit to spending time together.
9. Follow Home Rules
It can be difficult to establish good behaviour patterns and rules if you have children of varying ages, however teenagers will have to be supportive of any initiatives you have in place in order to manage younger ones, for example an earlier bedtime.
10. Make Time for Yourself
Yes, parenting is a 24/7 job, but there are those precious moments when you can make time for yourself. Whether it is listening to music, catching up on sleep, or enjoying a coffee in town, even the small things will help to refresh and re-energise you.
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