There is no such thing as the perfect parent. There is such a thing as a great parent. If you love, care for and try to make your child as happy as can be, you will be glad to know you have made the grade, because that’s all a child really needs.
Now, we here at Parent Talk aren’t here to tell you how to raise your children, but we can offer advice to help you create a happier, healthier family. That’s why we’ve come up with the following tips for you to take a look at, which you could always incorporate into your everyday family life.
A child will always attempt to push a parent to find their limits. However, it’s essential they quickly identify that you are the person in charge. Many parents might be surprised to learn that children actually crave limitations, because it provides them with a security and helps them identify their place in the world, which is as your little boy or girl.
Teaching your child some independence will not only ensure you don’t have to clean their room, but it is a quality that will serve them well in later life. Make your little one take their plates out, hang up their coat and tidy their toys away, with tasks growing with age.
By the time they become a teenager, they could soon start making cups of tea, ironing their own clothes or gardening – which means more Mummy and/or Daddy time. It’s win-win!
Don’t Solve All Their Problems
The best way for a child to learn is by solving their own problems. Whilst it’s never a bad thing to aid their learning, never tell them the answer or solution. Allow them to figure out the answer themselves, which will aid their education and self-reliance
Have a Playtime
Playtime isn’t just for children, it’s for Mums and Dads, too. Have a time each day where you sit down and play with your child, whether it’s colouring in, playing a board game or chasing each other around the garden. It’s a great way to bond with a child, whilst ensuring they feel happy and secure in the home.
Reading encourages a child’s literacy, imagination, problem solving and helps teach them right from wrong. Take time out each day to read to your child and, once they are old enough, have them read to you, allowing them to sound out the words they don’t know.
Once over, ask your little boy or girl questions about the book, such as the moral of the story, their favourite character and the best part of the book. You could maybe even suggest they write the character’s next adventure, which will trigger their imagination and boost their education.
You will want both you and your child to look back on life and be filled with millions of memories. That’s why you have to go out there and make them. Memories can be made at the park, on holiday or just doing something out of the ordinary. Just have fun together and the memories will create themselves.