Parenting tips are designed to help us become better parents. As none of us are born into the parenting role, we need to learn on the job. Being on the receiving end of tips from well-meaning individuals, can be taken in two ways: as being welcomed or as being intrusive. Obviously, you are wanting to learn more about these tips as you are reading this, so we’re happy to share them with you. But should we chase you down the street, yelling them to your retreating back, you’d not be that receptive to them!
As a Mum, I’ve been given many parenting tips on how to raise my girls. Some were great and others, not so good. Today I’m sharing eight of what I think are the best tips a parent can be given to help them do an amazing job raising their kids.
8 Must Read Parenting Tips
A great parent is someone who is empathic, honest, reliable, kind and cheerful. Now it’s impossible to be all of those all the time. What we can do is try out best, stick with our gut instinct and remember that tomorrow is a new day where we can begin again. Here are 8 great tips to get you thinking:
- Be present – live in the moment with your child. Celebrate the positive and be empathetic when things don’t go well. It also means putting down your phone and concentrating on what is happening for your child too.
- Get involved – try to rearrange your schedule to be there for some of those important events in your child’s life. But as well as physically, you need to be there mentally too. So, leave your baggage at the doorway before entering the room!
- Change with your child – they’re not always going to stay the same, so your parenting styles and actions will need to change with them.
- Take care of yourself – the buck stops with you first. Make sure you are eating well, getting enough sleep and taking time to do things for yourself too.
- Be your best – be the best person you can be. You are your child’s role model and your words and actions will be noticed.
- Admit when you are wrong – you’re not a super hero and you will make mistakes. Tell your child when you do and how you’re going to fix the problem.
- Set rules – rules don’t mean you love your child any less. In fact, the setting and sticking to rules shows that you are helping your child to manage their own behaviour and choices.
- Be consistent – identify your non-negotiables and stick to them. Being consistent helps keep children understanding what’s happening around themselves and make the world an easier place to live in.