Monday, May 11, 2015
5 Awesome Parenting Tips
Although parenting does not come with a manual, sometimes as parents you may be fearful that your children will make the same mistake that you did.
You don't have to tell your children every detail. Maybe you feel that you do not have good parenting skills, but it may be a good idea to share some of your mistakes with your children.
What type of image are you portraying? Are your children seeing a perfect mom who has never made any mistakes while growing up? If so, they may be thinking that you don't understand them. Unfortunately, they do not know that you have “been there and done that.”
Sharing your mistakes with your children shows your vulnerability and that you are human. It let's them know you are not perfect.
3. Everyone Makes Mistakes
Let your children know that everyone makes mistake. Even with all of our perfection, expertise, and training, there is no perfect one but Jesus.
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4. Positive Parents
According to Rebecca at Positive Strategies for better Behaved Kids, when our needs to be seen, heard, understood, loved, and connected are met, we all do better. She further talks about speaking their language with physical touch, words of affirmation, quality time, gifts and acts of service. Those that are are already doing this are well ahead in this scenario. For those that have not been doing this, it is not too late too start.
5. Blaming Yourself
In the article "Parenting: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly," I emphasize the importance of not beating yourself up after you have changed your baby, fed your baby, and your baby is still crying; finally you take your baby to the doctor to find out the baby has an ear infection. If you are a first time parent, you would not have had an idea the baby had an ear infection, because parenting is trial and error. The good thing is that your baby received medical attention in time. I also recall another instance when a teacher was upset with herself because it was discovered her child had a learning disability. She felt as a teacher she should have saw this. I explained to her, “You are and excellent teacher, but sometimes we are to close to the problem that we have blinders on.” The important thing is that it was discovered and the issue addressed. Remember parenting is a learning experience. So relax, learn, and have fun while doing it.
Positive Strategies for Better Behaved Kids, Rebecca
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