There is no perfect way to be a parent and there is certainly no handbook that comes when you have a baby. Most of parents just have to learn as they go not knowing for sure if they are the best parent in the entire world but certainly putting in a valiant effort.
For some parenting comes easily, while others have to adjust in order to have that parental urge. Whatever your parenting style and abilities are, there is always room for being better. Here are some of the best ways to be a better parent today.
Lead By Example
One of the best things that you can do for your child is to teach them the value of practicing what you preach. If you are telling your child to eat their vegetables yet they see you eating hamburgers and french fries every night this is an example of not leading by example. The same goes for saying that they should be careful with their money yet they see you getting yourself into careless credit card debt.
By living the words which you preach to them as being the right way, you can lead by example and give them an extra boost of how it is done by showing them the way.
Sometimes as parents we can expect a lot from our kids. Unfortunately for them, the more we love them and the more we believe in them the harder we can be on them. Don’t forget, however, that they are still innocent creatures and want your approval more than anything.
Rather than lashing out so easily try to slow down and practice patience when you can. By being a calmer parent who practices patience and compassion you can achieve a much stronger relationship with your child.
Be a Good Listener
It can be easy to talk to your child and tell them all of your opinions on life and sharing your own experiences. However, don’t forget that as much as they need to be led, they also need to be listened to and reassured about themselves.
When your children feel heard and appreciated their confidence is boosted and they feel better about themselves and the world around them.
Make An Effort For Quality Time
By making an effort to spend quality time with your child you can build a relationship outside of the parent child dynamic and start to create a friendship.
This can not only be wonderful for you but also an incredibly fulfilling relationship for your child who looks up to you and wants nothing more than acceptance. Try to do something at least once a week that allows you to connect and talk on a personal level.