The New Year is here and with that comes a time to make some resolutions—and not the typical ones such as trying to lose weight. As a parent, there is always something you feel can always be improved with your parenting style. And you are right, there is. So with the start of 2018, you can resolve to make some parenting style improvements…but where should you start?
Here are 3 tips on how to improve your parenting style this New Year:
- Resolution #1: Spend more one-on-one time with your child
It’s easy to get caught up in the daily hustle and bustle of work, running errands, cooking, cleaning etc. There doesn’t seem to always be enough time in the day. But one thing you should be making precious time for is having quality, uninterrupted time with your child—so you can connect with them on a more personal level. As little as 10 minutes a day can provide you with a deeper bond. This simple tip can help reduce your child in acting out, since they don’t have to demand as much attention from you.
- Resolution #2: Listen to your kids but stay the course
As a parent, it’s easy to not always pay attention to what your child is asking (or demanding for). We go about it by automatically telling them how something needs to be done and how it’ll be given once they’ve done what we’ve asked them to do. But, paying attention (on our part) is something worth striving for. Beneath the surface, children oftentimes have unspoken messages. You’ll have to look at what these messages really are and then figure out how to address them.
Paying attention to what your child is saying doesn’t mean you should back off and let your child always get what they want. So as they beg and whine, don’t cave—stay the course. No means no, regardless of what they are indirectly trying to tell you. But in listening, you can handle the situation better.
- New Year’s Resolution #3:Improve routines.
In general, people are creature of habit. With that said, it’s crucial to have your child on a routine that works best with your needs. Have them do things such getting up and ready in the morning, go to afterschool and getting ready for bedtime the same everyday. They’ll get used to how things are done. This will prepare them for each task and will present fewer struggles in getting each done. And when they are good, it’s good to give them praise for their behavior. As simple as this step sounds, this step is perhaps the most difficult—so hang in there! You have to stay firm with these routines.
Following these tips will undoubtedly benefit your family—and even keep your family safe. Take advantage of this New Year to do all in your power to adapt your parenting style for the better. It’s not an easy job, but as you know, nothing is more rewarding than being a parent.