1. Setting A Good Example
Kids learn by example. They see things that parents do more often than they listen to what parents say; a perfect example of monkey see, monkey do. It’s therefore crucial that we, parents, strive to be a good role model for our kids. Like it or not, we’re the first role model our kids look up to.
2. Quality Time Together
Allocate some quality time together. Talking or do some activities with them helps strengthen the family bond. Whether it’s a small activity or chatting about current topics. Setting aside some time with the family allows you to know them better.
3. Be A Good Listener
Be there and be supportive. Listen to what they have to say about anything. It can be about their friends. It can be topics on sexuality. Listening plays a very crucial role in building trust. So be patient and hear them out.
Whether it’s something you want your child to improve, it takes time for changes to happen.
Be firm and stick to the same rules. The minute a child learns that a certain rule can be changed, more often than not, they might take advantage of it and mistake it for leniency. So be firm so that the children will follow them.
6. Showing Firmness While Being Fair
The rules should always be non-threatening and non-abusive. Remember to explain where necessary so that your kids respect you and are not fearful of you.
7. Learn New Things
Grow yourself. Learning about new parenting tips and topics helps you to better understand your child. There are always new things to learn as a parent.
8. Empathising with Your Child
Put yourself in your child’s shoes to see their perspective before judging them. Being forgiving and understanding will help the family maintain that strong bond.
Tell them what to do instead of what they should refrain from doing and praise or reward them from time to time for positive behaviour.
10. Unconditional Love
No matter how much they’ve grown up, it’s important to show them visible signs of affection. Tell them through actions. Show them with words.