Parenting is probably the most difficult job in the world. Raising children is a full-time task. You never stop being a parent to any of your kids. You may want to continue reading to learn more on how to be a better parent.
- Be a role model. Children copy what adults do, and it is indeed necessary for a parent to lead by example. If you want your children to always be respectful, honest, polite and compassionate, then you yourself should display all these virtues. Follow what you preach. Do not tell your children never to lie, only to be caught lying by your own children. Remember that parents are the first role models of children.
- Make time for your children. It is important for parents to spend quality time with their kids. Spend at least an hour or two everyday for bonding. Read to your kids before sleeping. Help them with their schoolwork. Or play their favorite games with them. Show your kids that you will never be too busy to make time for them. A child should have that assurance that both his mother and father are always there for them whenever they need them.
- Treat your children equally. Never play favorites. Your kids should never feel that one of them always gets the better deal, or is more loved. Do your best to pay equal attention to all kids. Avoid comparing them to each other. Do not let your children hear you say that one child is better than the other.
- Be affectionate. Shower your children with hugs and kisses. Kids who are shown so much affection will grow up to be more loving and compassionate to others.
- Avoid yelling. Do your best to never shout at your children. Restrain from raising your voice no matter how annoying your little ones are. You can sound stern even without all the shouting.
- Listen to your kids. Talk to your children often. Call them while you are in the office and ask how their day went. Pay attention to your children's anecdotes. Let all your kids know that they can talk to you anytime and about anything.
- Be firm, but kind. Learn to discipline your children. Teach them good manners and right conduct. Talk to your children gently whenever they make a mistake. Make sure that your children understand why they are being scolded. You can make use of punishments such as making them stand in the corner or banning them from playing their favorite computer game. Just make your child understands what he did wrong and why he is being punished. Refrain from telling your children that they will be punished when you have no plans at all of carrying out the punishment. Your child will know that these are just idle threats, and they can get away with doing wrong without having to pay for their mistakes.
Always strive to be a wonderful parent. Remember that your children are all blessings, and that as a parent, it is your duty to love and teach them well.