Being a good parent requires more than just fathering or giving birth to a child. Being a good parent means giving your child what they need when they need it. This is true whether their needs are physical or emotional. The tips delineated below will help you to do just that.
If you have multiple children, make sure you’re spending time with each of them separately, as well as in a group. Spending time with each child individually helps you bond with them and gives them a sense of uniqueness. You want your children to know that you love them all equally and that they all deserve time with you.
Remember to reward good behavior with praise and recognition. Children usually hear more reprimands for bad behavior than praise for good behavior and that might become discouraging to them. However, if you praise them for specific good behavior that they have exhibited, their confidence will be lifted, and they will exhibit the good behavior more often.
If your child is afraid of going to bed alone, do not encourage them to come and lie in the bed with you. Make sure that they sleep in their own beds and reassure them that they are safe. You can even assign one of their stuffed animals to be a “bodyguard.”
I know life is hectic, but take the time to play with your children. You don’t have to play their favorite games every time you play, but make sure to balance what you like to do with what they like to do. It will show them compromise, which is an important thing for them to learn.
Don’t keep junk food at home, where it might tempt your young child to eat it or beg you for it. If sweets are not an option, your child will eat something healthier instead. You don’t have to ban them for good, but try to save them for special occasions or holidays.
As a parent one should make sure to set time aside specifically for the family. This is important for maintaining a happy and close family because with our busy lives it is easy to let other outside activities such as sports and work get in the way.
As unfortunate an event it may be, divorces happen all of the time. In order for you, a divorced parent, to hold a good relationship with your college aged and older children you must never get them in the middle of your divorce. This will push them away for you and your ex-spouse.