10 Principles Of Positive Parenting
Perhaps the greatest joy in life is the joy of fatherhood or motherhood. Because you can watch how your child grows, develops, and becomes a full-fledged personality. And it is very important that you also participate in this process. Remember that our children should be better than us, and we can help them. This article will tell you about the basic principles of positive parenting and how you can become a great parent for a great child.
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1) Love your baby for no reason
Give your child love and affection. Sometimes love and affection is the best thing you can give them. A warm touch or a gentle hug will show your child how much you care about them. Never neglect the importance of physical contact when it comes to your children. You can show your tenderness and love in different ways.
2) Don’t compare your child with others
Each child is a unique person. Encourage children to be different and instill in each of them a desire to realize their interests and dreams. Otherwise, the child may develop an inferiority complex, a feeling that he will never be good enough in your eyes. If you want to help him improve his behavior, talk about goals and actions from his position, and do not encourage him to act like a sister or a boy-next-door. This will help develop self-awareness in the child and will not lead to a feeling of inferiority.
3) Be a friend, not a judge
Listen to children. Your communication with children must be two-way. You must not only set the rules but also listen when they have problems. Show interest in children and participate in their lives. Create an atmosphere in which your daughter or son can come to you with any problem, no matter how big or small.
4) Set normal rules and limitations
Set realistic rules that anyone can follow along the path to a happy and productive life, and not ideal rules for the ideal person. It’s important to establish rules and principles so they help your child grow and develop, but are not so strict that he does not dare to step out of fear of breaking something. Ideally, your child’s love for you should be stronger than the fear of your rules.
5) Have a general opinion with your husband or wife
If you are married, it is important that the child perceives the two of you as a whole and knows that you will both answer “yes” or “no” to the same thing. When mom always says “yes” and dad says “no”, the children decide for themselves that mom is “good” and dad is “bad”, or they understand that mom is easier to manipulate. The child should see that both parents act as a united front, so that peace and order reign in your home, and so that the parents do not find themselves in a difficult situation because of their contradictions about his upbringing.
6) Criticize the behavior, not the child
It is important to criticize the specific actions of the child, not himself. It is necessary that he knows that he can cope with anything if he changes his behavior, and does not consider himself hopeless, who still can’t get better (and therefore should not try). Let the child feel that he can improve his behavior and can count on your assistance.
7) Teach your child to be independent
Explain to the children that it is normal to be different from others and that they should not follow the crowd. Teach them from an early age to understand what is right and what is not, so they are more likely to be able to make their own decisions, instead of listening to others and blindly following them. Remember that a child is not an application for you. You care about him, but at the same time, he is a separate person, and not your chance to live your life anew.
8) Be a good example for the child
If you want the child to grow up well-mannered, you should become a model of behavior and character for him and hope that he will overcome them and continue to follow the rules you have established. Not only verbal explanations are needed, but also a good example. Children tend to absorb everything that they see and hear, and behave accordingly unless they make a conscious effort to break the pattern. You do not have to be an ideal person, but you should strive to behave the way you teach children.
9) Respect personal space
Respect the privacy of the child, just as he should respect yours. For example, if he cannot take anything in your room without permission, the same rule should apply to you and his room. The child needs confidence that in his absence no one will fumble in the drawers of his desk or read his diary. This will teach him to value his personal space and to respect the stranger.
10) Let your child make their own mistakes
Life is a great teacher. Do not rush immediately to save the child from the results of his actions, if the consequences are not too serious. For example, if he cuts himself (slightly), he will be hurt, but he will know why he must be careful with sharp objects. You should understand that you cannot forever protect the child from everything, and for him, it is better to learn life lessons early rather than late. Although it can be difficult to step aside and watch your child make mistakes, in the future, it will benefit both him and you.
Of course, raising a child is a complex process. It is very difficult to give accurate instructions on how to create a full-fledged personality from a small person. Moreover, such an instruction does not exist. But if you adhere to the principles of positivity, then there is a much higher chance of creating not just a child, but eventually, a friend whom you will be proud of. Thanks to this article, you have taken another step towards becoming a good parent.
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