Childhood Development

5 Tips for More Effective Parenting

Raising kids is no small feat. For one minute you want to cuddle them, the next minute you want to pull your hair out because of something they did. It is quite natural to experience various emotions when dealing with kids. At the same time, it is highly fulfilling and satisfying for the soul.

To help you understand kids and raise them in a better way, we have collected below five parenting tips for preschoolers that would be useful for you. Look at them and remember that kids should be assured of your unconditional love for them.

  • Boost the Kid’s Self-esteem:
    • Kids see themselves as you see them. Your tone, language, attitude, approach matters to them a lot. If you put them down constantly, they will consider themselves as failures. Express love and care towards them time and again.
    • Cheer them up when they try something new. Encourage them to be bold and try things that scare them. Clap for their achievements. If they fail, explain that it’s okay. They’ll learn to do better the next time.
  • Make Time :
    • Most of the time, kids only want you to sit, talk, or play with you because they consider us to be their heroes. While we understand you have to manage the house and your work, taking time out each day and spending it exclusively with them will make them happy.
    • You will see your child blooming into a cheerful and active version of their previous self. Have special nights or weekend trips or cook a meal for them with their help. Don’t let others disturb your personal time.
    • Don’t  get stressed out, if you are unable to do it. You can always plan something simple and easy for both. Even 15 minutes alone with your child, doing nothing except listening to them chatter will work wonders.
  • Don’t Ignore Discipline and don’t try to be a martinet as well:
    • Baby brain development takes place during the initial years. If you teach them to follow a routine, understand the rules of the house and follow them, it will be easier as they grow.
    • While allowing them to be free to explore, new things  setting boundaries is also equally important. Kids should understand that when you say no, they shouldn’t throw a tantrum.
    • You can do this by following the rules yourself and showing them how it’s done. If you have a no TV  rule in your house after 10 pm, make sure to turn off the TV, by yourself first. If you break the rules, don’t expect them to follow.
  • Communicate Clearly
    • Kids will not do things just because you tell them to. Explain why a rule has been set or why something they did was wrong.
    • Tell your kids what you expect from them. Include them in minor family talks. Give them opportunity to voice their opinions.

While there are many other things you can do to make them better humans, it all starts with being good yourself. You are your child’s best example; they consider you to be their idols and heroes. Practice what you preach. Better yet, show them how to be good, disciplined, and kind.

Fathiyya Al Shaikh

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