Parenting is a long hard road and we all need a little direction every now and then. Improve your parenting now with these 5 Things You Can Do to be a Better Parent Today!
Spend Time with Them
Don’t lose sight of what is important in life, spending time with your kids is what life is all about. We need reminders sometimes to physically be present in our kids’ lives because we forget that even though we are working for a living to give them a better life, that doesn’t count as time with them.
It can be hard to find one on one time with such busy lives so it helps to work together to get things done. Have the kids help with dinner let them help with the cooking. This allows you to spend time together, gives you an opportunity to talk and it allows you to teach them to cook as well as encourage healthier eating habits.
Encourage them to Push Themselves
There is one thing that most successful people have in common, hard work.
Encourage your kids to work hard for what they want and not wait for someone else to give it to them. Teach them about the rewards of hard work by having them set goals and making sure that they don’t give up.
When the time comes, allow them to celebrate their hard work and work towards achieving all of their goals.
A lot of parents complain that their kids withhold information and kids complain their parents are hard to talk to.
There is a simple fix to both of these problems, don’t react.
When your kids muster up the courage to talk to you about important topics that make them uncomfortable, encourage this behavior by thinking everything through before reacting at all. Try to take it in objectively and then talk it over with your spouse for even more clarity before weighing in.
Don’t Just Say I love you, show it
Sometimes words fall short of making the impact you intend and that is why it is a good idea to not only tell your kids you love them every day but show them as well.
Do things that let your children know that you want to be involved in their lives, get to know things about them as they grow, spend time with them whenever you can.
Asking a lot of questions can help and I have found that the best time to get kids talking is during dinner, this may go against your normal etiquette but if you are struggling to get the conversation going this may be your best shot.
Making a game out of it can help, start off by having everyone at the table name one thing they liked about the day and one thing they think could have gone better. Alter the questions each round to steer the conversation to areas you want to know more about and be sure to share interesting things too, which leads me to the next tip.
Practice what you preach
Be a role model, someone who you would be proud of if your children emulated. The most powerful role model in a child’s life is the same-sex parent, whether that is you or your spouse, setting good examples will always be worth it in the long run.
Sometimes it can be easy to cut corners by acting in a way that we are not proud of but that doesn’t mean you can throw in the towel and continue to set that bad example for your kids.
No matter how many times you have made mistakes in the past, you have today and that is all you need to make some progress.