You likely had an overwhelming sensation before your child was even born that you lacked many of the skills required to be a good parent for your little one. In fact, parenting is the most important and toughest job you have. It is YOUR responsibility to provide all of the necessities for your child and make sure she has all the tools required to become a well-adjusted, successful adult.
Even if you consider yourself a top-notch parent, you will likely always have additional room for improvement. If you are ready to make changes to improve or hone your parenting skills you have taken the first step in becoming a better parent!
Next, you need to become better informed so you can create a consistent strategy to become the best parent possible. With access to parenting coaches and websites, you can use these valuable resources to enhance your family dynamic.
You are your partner are a parenting team whether you realize it or not. If you are committed to having the strongest team in the game it is essential to develop an effective plan together. Begin by discussing the need to improve your specific parenting skills and encourage others close to you to do the same. Other family members and friends can offer support once you have defined your goals.
Every family member including grandparents, aunts and uncles are role models to younger children who usually mimic the behavior of anyone older. Because of that, it is essential they demonstrate all of the values and actions you wish your child to embrace. These can include love, compassion, honesty, dedication and sharing.
Make sure that all individuals in your child’s life are those you would want serving as a role model to your young one. Any individual that provides good influence on your child can assist you in reaching your goal to be a better parent. And break up with the bad ones!
Time and Attention
The greatest gift you can give your child is your time and full attention. In fact, your child can develop a healthier self-esteem when the family spends time together on a regular basis. Plan “date days” where you spend 1-2 hours together without talking or texting on a cell phone while devoting yourself to the activity with your child.
Showering your children with affection promotes a sense of well-being in their young lives. Positive physical contact including your hugs and kisses will help your child develop a better sense of security knowing you both share a deep connection and commitment of love.
It is essential to schedule time every week to be away from your children to recharge your energy while eliminating stress. Taking time for yourself might require building a support network of individuals who can be counted on when you need time away from the family. Your support group might include babysitters, grandparents, aunts or uncles as well as other moms you can arrange babysitting and/or playdate swaps with.
Utilizing effective resources to enhance your parenting skills can make life easier on you, your partner and children. Consider taking a parenting class, join parent communities and associations and/or hire a parenting coach who can provide you numerous solutions to help you and your kids.