7 Important Things To Consider In Parenting
Here is a quick list of seven things to be aware of as a parent.
- For soon to be parents, you can’t determine your complete parenting style before your child is born. Now, you can think or imagine the values you want to in still in your child and the methods you will like to use. However, that child’s personality and needs, your patience and everyday life will truly determine your parenting style.
- Don’t force your child to hug or kiss someone you know but they don’t know. If your child is meeting someone like an uncle, grandparent or your best friend for the first time, don’t make him or her show affection to others the same as they would someone they already love. That person is a stranger to them until they get to know that person. Remember “stranger danger”. Don’t put your child in an uncomfortable position, just to spare the feelings of another adult.
- Hold your child accountable for their actions at all ages. For really young children, we have a tendency to comfort and let our children off the hook when they do something wrong and start crying. If your reaches on the table to get a cup and drops it. Assist them in the clean up and talk to the about asking for help or the danger of doing things you are not suppose to do. Normally, this would be the time we would tell them it’s okay and take care of the mess for them and the child learns nothing.
- Be strong parents and let your children play. As parents we can be overprotective, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. However, how will your child learn to deal with making mistakes, getting hurt and the fine art of exploring new things? Children need to sometimes learn how to deal with things on their own.
- Don’t ask your child a yes or no question, if the only acceptable answer is yes. If you have a statement or command to tell your child, make sure it ends in a period, and not a question mark.
- This is very important one. Follow through with your promises. Make sure whatever you tell your child, is what you are going to do or what is going to happen. This is how you establish your accountability and trust with your child. It is also how you can in still these qualities into your child.
- Be consistent. Don’t allow your child to do something at home and when they do it in public, you punish them. If there are things that you allow them to do in certain situations, explain that to them so that both of you are on the same page.