3 Ways You Can Be a Better Parent

Parenthood can be difficult, especially with how crucial the formative years are for children. Until they’re grown up, kids require supervision, and parents offer that role. They act as the guiding figures and safeguards for children, while also carrying on with their own lives. Here are a few ways you can improve in this role, not only for your children, but also yourself:

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Be the Person You Want Them to Be

Children pick up things from their surroundings. Little nuances, phrases and habits, they learn from those around them. As a parent, you’ll be the primary source of the kind of things your child sees, understands and looks up to. Children essentially mimic their elders, so if you want them to be the best versions of themselves, you will have to do that first and set a good example for them. And the children will follow suit accordingly.

Love and Encourage Them

While it may sound like a no-brainer, children require affirmation from their parents that they often do not receive. It can leave them with a feeling of being unwanted and unloved. Have a positive physical and verbal interaction with them, express yourself in a way that helps them understand that you care for them.

Give them compliments on their creative endeavors, as this will boost their confidence. When they make mistakes, don’t bring them down and try to raise their spirits instead. Your children are more likely to communicate more openly with you if they know that they can trust you.

The Way to Discipline

Children are bound to misbehave or cross some line now and then, and it’s pretty much inevitable. They may require some punishment, but rather than try to instill fear of being reprimanded, explain to them what the consequences of their actions are.

Children are likely to repeat bad things if they get a kick out of it. But by explaining to them what they did is wrong, they will develop empathy and correct themselves for the future.

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