7 Tips For Parenting Young Children

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If there is one thing that parents agree on, it is that rearing a child can be very challenging.  There is no school that prepares or trains you on “Good Parenting”, but here are some points you can use especially if you are a young parent.

  1. Decide what values and traits your child should have.  Knowing these early on will be the basis of all your actions and serve as a blue print to parenting. Visualize him at 30 years of age and if you can answer the following questions, then you know what to instill in him.  What relationship do you want him to have with God? How do you want him to treat others? How do you want him to face challenges? How you want him to measure success?  

  2. Be firm and consistent.  This makes your child understand that you are in control and cannot be manipulated by tears or a show of anger.  If he observes that you stay true to your word, you build credibility which makes it easier for him to cooperate and trust you.  Show him that no means no and now means now.  

  3. Lead by example.  A child mirrors what he sees so be mindful of actions which you want him to imitate.  If you want your child to grow up a warm-hearted person then show him how it is to be one.  You are the best role model your child can have.  

  4. Spend quality time with your child.  Getting to know your youngster helps strengthen your relationship.  Invest time and energy by engaging in activities both you of you can enjoy.  Remember that the activities you choose can be as inexpensive and simple as story-telling. The most precious gift you can give your child is your time.  

  5. Encourage independence.  You want your child to learn to be independent because being self-sufficient will get him ahead in life.  Fight the impulse to pick up after your child.  Instead, have him return things to their proper places.  In time, it will turn into a habit and give you one less chore to do.   

  6. Be patient.  Remember that your child is exactly that- a child.  Respond to him with patience because he needs to be nurtured.  If he knocks over a cup or accidentally breaks a plate, replace your angry reaction with a calm one.    

  7. Explain.  Giving your child an explanation allows him to understand and internalize the whys of the world.  Have a running commentary when you ask him tidy up a room for example. Mention why you value cleanliness and how he should as well.     

Remember that as a parent, your role is to equip your youngster with tools he will need as an adult.  With your unconditional love and self-sacrifice, mold him to be the best he can be.  Seeing your child blossom and grow is one of the most fulfilling experiences you can have.


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