Meeting your child's physical needs such as clothing, food, and shelter is a fairly straightforward process. However, providing for your child's emotional needs can be more challenging. Despite the wide variety of parenting styles, most experts agree on general guidelines to nurture a child's emotional health and lay the foundation for balanced adult life.
Respect your child's feelings and encourage them to express them. Take responsibility and make your child understand that it is common to experience pain, fear, anger, and anxiety. Investigate the causes of their feelings. Allow your child to express anger more positively while ensuring that they don't turn out violent.
Understanding your child's developmental stage is important to avoid unrealistic expectations of them.
Respect your child and foster trust. Be considerate, even when you disagree. Spend time with your kids and respect their opinions. Communicate! Failing to communicate may result in poor bonding.
Pay attention to what your child tells you. Explain things in terms your child understands. Encourage questions. Be honest. Assure comfort and support. Become open to any subject they desire to discuss. Remember, overprotective parenting may lead to raising bad liars.
Take a look at your own problem-solving and coping skills. Are you setting a good example? Examine yourself before pointing out your kids. You may consider seeking help from friends, family, or community if you are overwhelmed by your child's feelings or behaviors or if you are unable to control your frustration or anger.
Rather than physical punishment, use discipline as a form of teaching. Trying to apply "one single formula" to all children is impossible. Discover what is effective for your child and work accordingly. Encourage positive behaviors.
Mistakes are a part of childhood. Ensure they have an opportunity to learn from mistakes.
Be encouraging of your child's talent and accept limitations. Rather than setting goals based on someone else's expectations, set goals based on your child's abilities and interests. Acknowledge your kids and celebrate their accomplishments.
Never compare your child's abilities with those of other children; instead, recognize their uniqueness. Be sure to spend enough time with your kids. Take them to their favorite park, bake cookies, get them the cotton onesies they've asked for forever, plan a movie night, etc. Make sure you are always available for them, no matter what. Remember, it is very important for you to show how much you love your kids.
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