Parents are the first human beings we meet once we arrive in this world - and they are the most important guidance we have in life. Everything we ever become later in life is pretty much built on the foundation made by our parents. Parenting is a complicated endeavor and a big responsibility. And while no parent is perfect in carrying out their responsibilities, generally they all strive to be good. With that in mind, there are certain things that great parents do differently. Let’s find out what some of these things are:-
1 - They Get Along With Each Other One of the most important things that differentiate great parents is how they interact with each other. Children who are subjected to parents who don't get along with each other (whether married or divorced) aren’t as well adjusted as those from families where there isn’t parental conflict. Researchers also note that kids from a single-parent family may actually fare better than those who come from a two-parent home where the parents fight often. Good parents know, that no matter what happens between them if they want their kids to grow up happy and well adjusted, they’ve got to figure out a way to get along.
2 - They Show Physical Affection Countless studies show that children thrive on warmth and affection. A child who feels loved will have greater self-esteem. A warm touch or a caring hug can let a child know how much a parent cares. Physical affection lessens the chances of children becoming aggressive, anti-social and having other behavioral problems. While adolescents may be embarrassed by physical affection, there should always be words of support and empathy to take its place - and great parents know that.
3 - They Spend Quality Time With Their Children Great parents spend quality one-on-one time with each of their kids. Children have different personalities, and some may seem to need less time than others - but they’ll all benefit from quality time with their parents. It can be anything from playing sports to cooking or helping with chores. There is no better way for parents to show their children how much they love and cherish them. On busy workdays, when they may not have a lot of one-on-one time with their children, great parents make sure to have longer interactions with them.
4 - They Listen And Understand Parents often spend a lot of their time talking to their kids, rather than with them. But, we all want to be heard. We all want to know that we matter. When a child feels hurt, parents have an opportunity to show them that it’s okay and talk through it. Regardless of how old their children are, great parents make sure that they take the time to listen to their kids and to understand their thoughts, fears, and concerns. Acknowledging children’s thoughts will help them develop the confidence they need, later on, to take risks and challenge themselves.
5 - They Guide And Support Parents naturally want their kids to succeed and may push, prod, bribe, demand, or even threaten kids with punishment to get them to practice an instrument, excel at a sport, achieve top grades, and so on. But good parents know that being a Tiger Mom(or Dad) isn't likely to get children further than providing them with guidance and support, and gently nudging - if, and when they need it.
6 - They Don’t Make Their Children The Center Of The Universe Some parents allow their lives to revolve around their children. But kids who dictate what the family is going to eat for dinner, or those who orchestrate how to spend their weekends, have too much power. Children who think they’re the center of the universe grow up to be self-absorbed and entitled. Great parents empower their kids to make appropriate choices while maintaining a clear hierarchy and teach their children to focus on what they have to offer the world - rather than what they’re owed.
7 - They Don’t Confuse Discipline With Punishment Punishment is about making kids suffer for their wrongdoing. Discipline is about teaching them how to do better in the future. And while great parents do give out consequences, their ultimate goal is to teach kids to develop the self-discipline they’ll need to make better choices down the road.
8 - They Encourage Their Kids To Try New Things Some children have no problem trying a new activity, while others are just never quite up for it. Many children avoid unfamiliar. They prefer NOT to risk attempting something new, leading to missed opportunities and setting a negative pattern that can persist into adult life. Great parents encourage their kids to try things that can push them out of their comfort zones. But, they make sure that they're pushing their kids for the right reason - simply to try something, and not because they want their children to be something they're not.
9 - They Protect, Preserve, And Develop Their Children’s Unique Gifts Identifying talents in children are very important and it’s equally important to nurture them. This goes hand in hand with the previous point. Parents can best recognize their children's talents by giving them opportunities to explore many realms of expression and noting their interests and abilities. Children are like sponges that soak up their actions and actions of people around them - when they sense a genuine interest in their abilities, there’s no limit to what they can do to become even better. Great parents encourage and inspire their children to build their self-esteem and confidence in their gifts and talents, and they create a suitable environment for their kids to express themselves freely and openly.
10 - They Teach How To Interact With Others One of the most important skill sets parents can pass on to their children is social skills. This affects everything they’ll go on todo - from their friendships and romantic relationships to their career. Social kids grow up to be happy, successful, and smart adults! A 20-year study found that parents who teach their children how to interact with others are helping them develop the skills they need to be highly capable adults. In fact, the study noted that socially competent children are 4 times more likely to earn a college degree by the time they’re 25.
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