There are some who believe that parenting comes to people naturally and that it is an instinct that we are all born with. This might be true to a certain degree but the world we live in is complex and requires us to sometimes learn new skills in all sorts of things and parenting is just one of them. What comes to us naturally might be great but sometimes what comes naturally is simply the repetition of mistakes made on us by our parents. It is best to look at your own parenting style as objectively as possible and to see whether or not you need to make some changes. You should also check out this info on girls wetting the bed.
Setting the best possible example for your child is the most important thing you can do as a parent. It is far easier for you to simply tell your kids what to and not to do but leading by example is what they need from you more than anything else. It is easier for kids to learn through observing others than it is for them to learn simply by being told things so it’s very important that you always match your words and your actions.
As a parent, you are naturally going to be a child’s first role model, so by setting a good example, you have the best chance of having your child live up to your standards. Parents who simply say “don’t do this” and then do the thing themselves will find that their children still emulate their actions more than they listen to the words that have been said to them. Every single parent worries about his or her child’s safety but those parents also understand that there is no way to watch their kids every minute of every day. That’s why it’s essential to give them some basic information so they know what to do and how to reach you, or another adult who can protect them if it ever becomes necessary. As soon you think your child will be able to retain the information take steps to make sure that she or he knows her or his full name, address and phone number. They need to know how to get hold of you both at home and at your work. You might want to give your son or daughter an emergencies only cell phone so that they can call you or 911 if they get into an emergency. They make cell phone plans just for these purposes. If your child is in a location where there is a friend or relative who can get to them sooner than you can, be sure that he or she knows how to contact that person.
As a parent you are going to naturally gravitate toward some parenting styles over others but that doesn’t mean that your parenting style doesn’t ever have to be modified–particularly if you operate in extremes. Some parents, for example, are rigid and authoritarian, which sometimes reflects how they were brought up. In today’s world, however, children need to be able to think for themselves and if you are too strict, they will either become docile and obedient or rebel at the first opportunity. On the other hand, if you are too permissive, your kids won’t have a good understanding of boundaries and will likely grow up to be very undisciplined.
Science has shown that the most successful parenting style is something called “authoritative parenting” which is kind of a compromise between permissive and authoritarian. There are so many parenting skills that will make your life easier and help you teach your kids important life lessons at the same time. It is important, of course, to find a way to apply these skills that is congruent with your child’s age and personality too. You are only human, as are your kids and we all are able to learn and grow both from the mistakes we make as well as the successes we enjoy. And lastly, be sure to look over this information on the causes of bedwetting.
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