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Seven Great Ways to Be A Better Parent

How to Be a Better Parent

Seven Great Ways to Be A Better Parent

As parents, we are always looking for ways to be better at the most important job of our lives. We want the best for our children and we want to be the ones to give it to them.

Just striving to be better parents is enough in some cases, but it you are not satisfied, then here are seven ways that you can make an immediate improvement in your parenting skills.

7 Ways to be a Better Parent

1. Listen to your child—The best thing that you can do to help your child navigate their emotions is to listen to what they have to say. Let them feel without telling them how to feel. This will help you to communicate better with them all around, as you will be able to respond to their actual, rather than their perceived, concerns. Remember to actively listen, and don't try to tell your child how you think they should or shouldn't feel. Don't react or judge.

2. Know your child—You will always be the foremost expert on your child, but make sure that you take the time to earn this title. Pay attention to everything from your child’s interests to their behavior patterns when they get sick. There will be a test later.

3. Back off—Though you should always be available to your child when they need you, you also need to recognize that they do not and will not always need you. Make sure that you give your child the space that they need to grow and develop. This is especially true as your child grows older. Being a helicopter parent is not helpful, even if you are well-meaning.

4. Let your child make their own mistakes—Children learn best by doing and sometimes by failing. If your child is not in danger from their mistake then it is important to step back and allow them to make it. They’re learning and you don’t want to interfere with that. It can be hard to watch our children fail, especially when it causes tears or a lot of frustration. But, your child will only grow from their mistakes- even the toughest ones.

5. Accept change—In their life, your child will grow and change almost too fast for you to actually register. It is important that you be flexible, because things that were true yesterday simply might not be today. This includes your child’s favorite food or color, as well as the best way to get them to sleep. Change can be a bittersweet thing. It can be hard for parents to accept that their child is changing, especially as they get older and it becomes apparent that childhood is slipping away. Instead of mourning the change as if it is a loss, celebrate the ways your child has grown.

6. Be a good model—You are going to be the first person that your child looks to in order to learn to be a successful adult. There will other influences in your child’s life, but your impact cannot be discounted. Make an effort to be the best possible role model for your child while you can still influence them. Be respectful to others, avoid using unnecessarily harsh words, and do good whenever you can.

7. Offer attention, not rewards—Your child needs your attention to grow and thrive and they will find ways to get it. If you do not offer your child the kind of positive attention they need, then they will learn to seek negative attention. By the same token, however, if you devalue your attention with rewards like food and toys, your child will cease to appreciate it.

In Conclusion

Together, these seven parenting strategies can help to make you a more attentive and responsive parent. They will help you to identify and meet your child’s needs, whatever they may be, but the most important thing you can do for your child is to love them and show it.

Don't spend too much time worrying about whether you're doing a good job. No parent is perfect. No matter how hard you try, you will inevitably make mistakes. As long as you are trying as hard as you can, and are willing to change and do better as needed, you're doing just fine.

When you do make a mistake, own up to it. It's okay to apologize to your child for doing something wrong. It isn't going to make them disrespect you or see you as equal to them. Instead, it will teach them how to react when they themselves make a mistake. Own up to it, apologize genuinely, learn, and then move forward.

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