Archive for February 21st, 2018

3 Things You Could Do Better as a Parent

It’s normal to question yourself when you’re a parent, especially a good parent. Your kiddo goes to sleep, and you spend a few hours wondering what you could have done differently to make them feel loved and satisfied throughout their day. However, the truth is, you probably did everything right, and they went to bed feeling happy, healthy, and well-loved. But, with all kinds of parenting, there is still room for improvement. So, here are a few things you do better to help your kid grow up to be a well-rounded adult.

Regularly Do Fun Stuff with Your Kids

Kids remember the moments that made them feel special and love, as much as they remember the moments that made them feel sad and hurt. To give them those good memories, do fun stuff with your kids on a regular basis. Go to the parks every week, head to zoo, aquarium, or amusement parks, get your kids involved into the community—you know, fun stuff that makes lasting memories.

Lead Parenting with Kindness, Compassion, and Positive Perspective

The most common mistake that a parent makes is losing their temper too quickly. This teaches kiddos to be quick to anger and scared of consequences, so lead your parenting with kindness, compassion, and positive perspective. Sure, there are situations that call for getting genuinely upset, but the proverbial “spilled milk” situations can be handled better without yelling or corporal punishments.

Commit to Something Memorable as a Bonding Experience

Traditions can be a huge bonding experience for families with children. For instance, the Elf on the Shelf, while hated by parents everywhere, is a good kid-oriented tradition. However, there are more memorable, less annoying experiences that you can file under “fun family things to do together.” For example, you could make it a habit to go on a picnic on the first day of springtime. Or, perhaps your family of sports lovers would enjoy a tour of the best golf courses in North Carolina. Or, you could make it a tradition to build a snowman, regardless of size and shape, from the first year’s snowfall. Little things like this make the most memorable differences.

The way you speak to your child, and the things you do with them, will have the most impact on who they grow up to be. With that said, you’re doing a great job, so keep up the good work.

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