9 Tips that Fulfil your Parenting Needs! – Part 2
Posted on: October 4, 2019.

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5. Add value to time spent with kids

It is not surprising or hard to understand that finding quality time to spend with family is one of those “very difficult things in life to make time for”, while simpler agendas like having a meal together as family is itself often difficult for parents and kids. But for kids, very few things are more attractive than family time together. Children, wanting to be noticed in a certain way, misbehave or throw tantrum only because aren’t getting the attention they want from their parents.

To have breakfast with your child in the morning get up 10 minutes earlier. To enjoy a walk after dinner, leave the dishes in the sink. Scheduling time, to spend together with kids, would be found rewarding by many parents. To be together with your kids, each week, mandatorily have a “special night”, and let the agenda of how to spend the time be decided by the kids. Putting a note or something special, in your kid’s lunchbox, could be one of many other ways to look for connecting with your child.

When compared to younger kids, the need for undivided attention of parents seems less in adolescents, or teenagers. When their teen does express a desire to talk or participate in family activities, parents should do their best to be available. For parents and teens to get together, there are only fewer windows of opportunity. To know more about your teen and his or her friends in important ways, communicate caring by attending concerts, games, and other events with your teen.

Kids will remember only the many little things you do for them—cooking their favourites, playing cards, window shopping—but if you’re a working parent, there’s nothing to feel guilty about. Make you child understand that you’re working hard only to afford to keep them feeling happier.

6. Be known by kids for your unconditional love

Correcting and guiding one’s kids is the key responsibility of a parent. That which makes all the difference in how a child receives it, is how you express your corrective guidance.

Children feel resentment towards their parents because they resort to blaming, criticizing, or fault-finding when they have to confront their child, which undermines their self-esteem. Instead, even when disciplining your kids, strive to nurture and encourage. Make sure they know that although you want and expect better next time, your love is there no matter what.

7. As a parent, know your own needs and limitations

Parents have to embrace their imperfections and sportively face them. Even a family leaders have their own strengths and weaknesses.

“I am loving and dedicated”—recognize your abilities.

“I need to be more consistent with discipline”—vow to work on your weaknesses

Be it with your kids, spouse, or even yourself, having only realistic expectations is a must. Be forgiving of yourself—you don’t have to have all the answers.

Try to make parenting a manageable job. Rather than trying to address everything all at once, focus on the areas that need the most attention. When you’re burnt out, admit it, and do things that will make you happy as a person (or as a couple), by taking time out from parenting. Do not confuse being selfish and focusing on one’s needs. Another important value to model for your children is caring for your own well-being.

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