Parenting or child rearing is no less than an art. It involves promoting and supporting the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of a child from infancy to adulthood.
As a parent you get to live each moment and every stage of your child’s development along with him or her. Empathy and patience are number one to understand their emotions, only then you can you be an excellent parent that your child respects and loves.
Here are 3 golden rules of being a parent:
BE A Good Listener:
Be that ear which your child approaches first. In the process of growing up, making mistakes is common amongst children, mistakes are bound to happen at some point. Never be harsh, it may give a wrong impression to the sensitive heart of your little kid. Stay calm, listen and resolve! This will make your bond stronger with your little one and eventually mutual trust is built which lays the strong foundation for a happy relationship.
Learn When to Say “No” –
Do you know parents who just can’t say, “No”, to their kids? They are doing irreparable damage. When a child receives approval for everything: “Oh isn’t that cute, that she is tearing the stuffing out of Aunt Sissy’s new pillows,” or “Oh, he is throwing a fit in the middle of JC Penney. He’s just a toddler,” etc. seems, sometimes, downright funny, during the early stages, but they pave paths for an arrogant teenager. The child who never hears the word, “no”, goes through life from baby to adult thinking the world revolves around him.
Commit yourself to having the backbone to say no when necessary and take action to prevent the behaviors you don’t want to see repeated.
Do Not Negotiate with Your Young Child –
I was so guilty of this! I negotiated and bargained with my child ALL THE TIME. So take this piece with a grain of salt, but know that after taking my own advice, I have seen a change in behavior.
When a child is doing something wrong, the parents must let them know that it is wrong. I have made the offer to my toddler: “If you stop doing this, I will give you that.” BED, I know. The take-home here is that you should not offer a reward to stop bad behavior. This reward at the end of the tantrum or bad behavior enforces that if they are misbehaving a quick turn around ensure something positive.
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