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Developing These Parenting Skills Will Make You a Better Parent

<br/> <br/> <br/>There are some people who believe that parenting comes naturally and is instinctive. This might be true to a certain degree but the world we live in is complex and requires us to sometimes learn new skills in all sorts of things and parenting is just one of them. What comes to us most naturally might be good but for some of us, we're simply repeating the same mistakes our parents made. You should look at your own parenting style as honestly as you can to see if there are areas in which you can improve.<br/><br/>A great many parents out there do not ever allow their kids to do things for themselves and this is a mistake. We all learn partly by making mistakes, and if kids aren't allowed the opportunity to fail sometimes, they'll never become self sufficient. Obviously you need to protect the kids from making mistakes that could cause major harm to their health or well being but in smaller areas it is important to allow them to find their own ways. If, for example, every time your child is having trouble with a homework assignment you do the work for him, how will he ever learn the lesson for himself? Part of the process of becoming an adult is learning how to finish the things you start even if you make mistakes while doing so. One particular skill that you and your kids would do well to learn is time management. Parents who have a problem with time usually end up with kids who inherit this difficulty. Kids (and adults a lot of the time) often get frustrated when they feel like they do not have enough time to complete a task whether it is a homework assignment or a favorite computer game. Teaching your kids about time management is something you can do as early on as possible. Since you're the parent here and, therefore, in charge of the schedule, it is important that you learn how to effectively manage time yourself.<br/><br/>As challenging as you might find this, it is important to stay calm. Even if you don't feel calm, resist the urge to yell at your child or have angry outbursts. When you act in anger, you're not usually being effective, and you're sending the wrong message to your child. Even when it is time to discipline your child carry out that discipline calmly, not in anger. It is normal to have strong feelings but if you feel that you are losing control try to take a break so that you can take some deep breaths to calm down. Most importantly, don't make decisions about what you're going to do until you've calmed down. Base your discipline on rational things not on your emotions. Because you're the parent, you need to stay in control as much as you possibly can. As a parent, there are a multitude of skills that will make your job simpler while also allowing you to teach your kids important and valuable life lessons. It is also important to learn how to apply these skills in ways that are good for your son or daughter's age and personality. You and your read more children, obviously, are human and mistakes are going to be made but everyone has the capability to learn and grow both from mistakes as well as successes.


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