Being a parent is the most difficult job you will ever face. Trial and error is inevitable when taking care of children. No child is the same and so they must be treated differently. There are many ways to be a terrific parent, here are just a few.
- Play with your children! It does not matter what you play together, your child just wants to know they are important. Let them decide. This will help you learn more about your childs interests and concerns. Play is also part of your childs development process. So get down to their level and enjoy play.
- Take charge. As backwards as it looks, children like to have limits set for them. Children without limits do not feel secure and will generally act out in frustration and fear. Even adults in a new job, without direction can feel uneasy and fearful. You will find that children without limits will gravitate toward people who will give them structure, because they feel safe. Part of parenting is being in charge.
- Eating a meal as a family. Statistics show that children who eat at the table with their families will eat healthier. It is also great for family relationships. It is a time to talk about your day. The happy and the sad. The best way to start conversation at the dinner table is to go around and have everyone tell what was the best or worst thing that happened to them today. You'll be amazed at what you learn about your children.
- Let your children help. Give your children responsibility. When your child is old enough, let them help clean up their toys. Have them take their dish to the sink. This actually gives your child confidence, self-esteem and is great for their development. Start your child young and this will make your job as a parent a whole lot easier later on.
- Read books together every day. Read to your baby daily. Even from the time they are just new born. Babies love to listen to their parents voice, even if they do not know what you are reading about. This will develop a love for reading books at a young age. Children who are read to will do better in school when they are older.
- Say "I love you" every time you feel like it. Give hugs and kisses every time you have the chance. It is important for your child to know that you love them. This helps build self esteem and confidence also. You can never show your child that you love them too much. The more the better. Remember, they may not always be accepting of this kind of affection, so get in as much as you can while your children are young.