Ways to be a good parent
Whoever said that raising a child was a difficult task, was probably making an understatement. In an age where the minds of kids are ruled by video games and expensive gadgets, it is a Herculean task to keep them on the right track. It takes a lot of effort for the parents to continuously struggle to raise their child in a way that would be the ideal way for them. Although there is no rule book as to what the perfect way to raising a child is, you can take a look at the following guidelines to get an idea about it:
Shower them with love
Love is power. If you have realized it yourself, you can exercise it on your kids no matter what. Shower them with love as much as you can. Always remember that a warm cuddle can do wonders. Little words of appreciation are very encouraging for a child and can take your relationship a long way. Boost their confidence with a smile of approval whenever they do a good job.
Do not forget to tell your child that you love them. Nice and loving words from the parents give them a sense of protection which is very important if you want them to blossom in their own natural way. Let your love be an excuse for hugging and kissing your child.
Show your child that you accept them as they are, that they do not need to change or become the idea of what you want them to be. They will feel secure and come back for your guidance in times of need.
Appreciate your child whenever they deserve it
One thing you should avoid by all means is comparing your kid with other children. This puts an undue pressure on their minds, which may push them to the brink of depression or desperation to prove their worth. Your child is an individual, special and unique. Love them for what they are. Celebrate their exclusivity, talents and strengths. You would not want to see your children developing an inferiority complex just because you do not approve of their actions or choices.
Never think of living your dreams through your child. They are special individuals, with special needs and wants, and not an extension of you. Tell your child that it is actually good to be different. Everybody does not need to follow the crowd. This will increase their confidence and sense of self worth, and they will start making their own decisions from early on in life.