PARENTING

From encouraging schoolwork and sports to modelling values as a child grows parents exert influence over their children’s lives. They are, however, not the only-on-the -ground influencers especially after children enter school and begin interacting with the world at large.

Most parents work to give children the best part possible, but it’s also important for parents to recognise that kids come into the world with their own temperament, personalities and goals.

In a rapidly changing world, parenting can be subject to changing styles and parenting in some privileged circles has become a competitive sport. But the needs of child development as delineated by science remain relatively stable: safety, structure, support and love.

PARENTING TEENAGERS:

Adolescences is a challenging time for young people, not only because of the physical changes or puberty but ij the emotional aspect as well and in some cases, the emergence of serious mental health conditions. For parents, it can sometimes seem like their affectionate, adoring child has become a different, distant person and their teen friends have become important to them than their family. But some of these changes are part of the essential process of moving toward independence and parents who are able to offer more empathy than judgement can continue to be a source of kids guidance for their kids.

PRINCIPLES OF GOOD PARENTING

1.WHAT YOU DO MATTERS:

Whether it’s anger or being affectionate towards someone or reacting to a situation always remember you child is watching you and learning from you the most. Therefore, it’s very important you learn to react the right way and use the right words around your kids because kids learn things before anybody else whether it’s eating to a certain situation or a way of dealing with someone.

2.YOU CANNOT BE TOO LOVING:

We often tend to think that more love can never spoil a child while the reality is they tend to take it for granted at times and it’s only human. Therefore, always maintain a balance in the love you show towards your kids.

3.BE INVOLVED IN YOUR KIDS LIFE:

To be an involved parent, one should have their priorities set because it involves putting in a lot of time and effort and hard work. It often means sacrificing a lot of things or what you want to di at certain times .

4.ESTABLISH AND SET RULES:

When a Childs behaviour is not watched from the beginning, he or she fails to manage himself or herself when he or she is older and you aren’t around. Anytime of the day as a parent you should be able to answer these three questions: Where is my child? Who is my child with? What is my child doing?

5.FOSTER YOUR CHILDS INDEPENDENCE:

Setting limits helps your child develop self control towards a lot of things in life. Encouraging independence helps them to give a direction to their life. Therefore for the right kind of parent g here has to be a balance of setting limits and encouraging independence.

6.TREAT YOUR CHILD WITH RESPECT:

The best way to get a respectful treatment for your child is to treat them with respect too. You should give your child the same courtesies that you would give anybody else. Speak to him politely. Respect his opinion. Pay attention when he’s speaking to you. Treat him kindly. Children treat others the way their parents treat them therefore you should know your relationship with your child is the foundation of all the relationships he will grow in his life.