Every parent has his own unique parenting style, and while they all have their quirks and advantages, the one universal truth to parenting is that you actively shape your child’s future. Therefore, all the things you decide to do now will ultimately affect your child one way or another, even if you didn’t intend to do it that way. So, as a responsible parent and adult, it is your duty to ensure that you fulfill your role in shaping your child’s future.
Sadly, a lot of parents get the misconception that guarding and protecting their children from every little thing that comes their way is the correct form of parenting. And, on the opposite end, we also have parents who do close to nothing when it comes to their child-rearing activities, essentially leaving their kids in the dark for most of their formative years. So, today we’ll be going over how you should actively approach parenting from today’s modern perspective.
You’re Each Other’s Teacher
Although we’d like to consider ourselves fully capable of guiding and teaching everything that our children need to know, parents also experience their fair share of blunders and things they aren’t particularly knowledgeable about. Specifically, when their patience is tested, and certain buttons are pushed, there’s much to master in the emotions department. So, understand that your each other’s teacher.
- There’s Much Your Child Has To Learn: As for the obvious fact, your kid is new to the world, and their mind still has much to learn and be exposed to. It is your duty as a parent to introduce them to new things, provide engaging insights, and help them experience life to the fullest that steadily improves their personal development.
- There’s Much You Can Learn From Them: While children are, for the most part, bundles of energy and sponges soaking information from every single place, their brains are more than capable of coming to insightful conclusions. And, their actions, decisions, and even conversations with you can even lead to some of the most profound discoveries you have yet to realize about life.
So, how exactly should we go about influencing and playing our role in their growth, development, and shaping their future? In this next part, we’ll be going over some general points we recommend following, but feel free to tailor and add further details to suit your progressive parenting style. Remember, these are but general recommendations, and there’s much more waiting in store if you dig deep enough.
#1 Value Healthy And Open Communication
As a good rule of thumb, it’s always nice to point out and emphasize that you’re not teaching your child to become an adult baby but to transform into a responsible adult and upstanding citizen of the future. Therefore, as we are all social beings that rely on collaboration, it is crucial that you teach them the value of healthy and open communication at a young age.
- Teach Instead Of Punish: We know how irritating and annoying it can be at times when your kid doesn’t seem to understand a house rule or keeps making the same clumsy mistake over and over again. However, punishing and reprimanding your kid won’t help improve his situation either. So, instead of resorting to anger, try to teach them what’s wrong so that they reciprocate the same thought process in the future. Also, don’t be afraid to admit to your mistakes!
- Opening Up About Social Issues: While some parents typically avoid sensitive topics, we firmly believe that children should learn, in essence, some prevailing social issues that run rampant in our modern world. In doing so, you prevent them from falling into prejudices and teach them how to live by kindness. Plus, it allows them to better understand and read the context in the future.
#2 Cultivate Empathy And Compassion
Another important realm in holistic development that often gets overlooked by many parents is a child’s emotional growth, an important factor that will get more and more relevant in their formative years. Therefore, it is your responsibility as parents to teach them empathy and compassion at a young age so that they reciprocate the same good morals and right conduct to others.
- Be Open About Emotions: Parents often shy away from opening about emotions to their children, but we firmly believe that it’s much healthier to be communicative about them. In doing so, you will find it much easier to understand what they’re going through and provide insight for them to also comprehend.
#3 Show Your Love
Last but not least, any paid market research studies on progressive parenting and child-rearing will tell you just how important it is to show your love and care for your children. Whether through words or actions, this love will help improve their personal growth and development and further teach them what it feels like to be loved and cared for by others as well. Love helps build character, an important aspect of their overall personality.
They Deserve The Best
Overall, your child deserves the best, and that includes your guidance and setting them up for the best future possible. Sure, they will still have a lot of figuring out to do on their own, but the help you provide during their formative years will help them breeze through life’s toughest challenges.