Most people who have been there and done that will tell you that being a parent and a good one for that matter may not be as easy as it may seem to the eyes of others. There is a Swahili saying that translates like ‘siring kids is not the task; the real task is bringing them up well’. Having Good Parenting Skills can mould the future of your kids, bringing them up to become great persons in future. “But what are these skills?” some people may ask. Well, there might be no perfect formula or guide for raising your kids well as there are many factors in the environment surrounding them as they grow, but good parenting skills would include the following aspects.
1. Tech them responsibility and discipline
The part where most parents tend to fail as they raise their kids up is when it comes to discipline. While some parents may be too harsh on their own kids, some may be excessively lenient ion them. What these are more likely to do is that the former can make them too tolerant to harsh conditions whereas the later may bring about vulnerability and lack of proper morals. Therefore, learning to balance between the two sides of the coin is important.
You also need to teach them how to take responsibility perhaps by assigning some roles to them within your home, or letting them do some of their stuff on their own. This makes them grow knowing how to become independent, which their future lives demand. You need to show them that they should be accountable for each and every of their deeds. This can be done perhaps by setting some simple rules in the family, which they are to adhere to.
2. Be compassionate and loving
Your kids need to know that you care and that you love them. Especially when at young age, your child may not understand only by word of mouth that you treasure them. Try to express your emotions, perhaps by hugging and cuddling. This has to be well displayed. Invest in things that develop their knowledge and understanding, provide their necessities well and do not limit their fun. It’s good for their health as well.
3. Insist on the importance of knowledge
As everyone knows, knowledge is power. When it comes to their education, help them be good in school, even for those with learning challenges. Employing a private tutor to help them out can do much good. Insist on looking at their grades after every season, stressing that they can do much better. Again, do not be too harsh on this one.
4. Teach them the importance of respect
It may sometimes seem so obvious how important it is to teach your children to respect you and their superiors at all times. However, this should be done with care, letting them learn differentiate between wrong and right so that they don’t have to follow bad examples or wrongful orders just because they respect their elders. Another thing is that the best way to teach them is by respecting their values and leading by example.