Parenting is never easy. It can seem like a difficulty providing everything the child needs to stay alive, warm, fed and healthy. Nurturing them as a person can often seem like an impossibility, no matter who you are. Yet it’s important that, as much as we try to be mindful ourselves, we pass the right lessons to our children. It is never entirely within our control, but we can do our best to make the impact we want on our child.
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Know what you are and aren’t responsible for
Before throwing yourself into the deep end of trying to get the best for and out of your child, consider this. You are not responsible for every single thing that shapes their behavior. You aren’t a parent to get the approval of others or make them happy. You are responsible, however, for teaching them to function and making the right decisions even when it’s difficult. Don’t worry about how things seem when you know your course of action is the right on.
Let them explore their creativityA creative streak is an incredibly useful tool for a child to have. Not only does it give them a means of expression which can lead to stronger emotional development. It also gets them using their brain outside their box. If they can think creatively, they can use that thinking in school, work and every day in life. Getting them into an artistic practice like painting or theater isn’t just good for giving them something fun to do.
Nurture their self-esteem
Even when you’re correcting their behavior or mad at them, it’s important not to injure the self-esteem of a child. ‘Tough love’ does not work when it comes to fostering self-belief. It only hampers their progress years down the line and makes it more difficult to find that belief when they’re adults.
Get them the education they deserve
As a parent, you should pay considerable attention to their education. Don’t go with a school just because it seems like the most readily available or convenient for you. Be prepared to go the extra mile, sometimes literally, for your child’s education. Home-schooling is an effective prospect for some. For others who may want to instill certain virtues and morals, Christian schools can be a good alternative, too.
Learn how to discipline effectively
Discipline is important. Much of what a child learns about good and bad comes from their parent. Still, self-interest is powerful when your inhibitions are less developed and needs to be maintained. Depending on the age and nature of your child, there are different discipline methods you can use. The importance of these methods is to stay consistent with them. At some point, it’s not the discipline itself that should be working, but the emotional impact of it, instead.
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Involve them in the world
The best way to teach your children to be mindful and caring in future is to lead by example. Get involved in charity work that can make use of both you and your child. The environment will be good for them and ingrain an inclination to help they will carry with them for the rest of their life.
Disclosure: This is a contributed post.