Positive Parenting : 10 ways to improve parenting skills

Positive Parenting : 10 ways to improve parenting skills

2016 is here and your kids, tweens and teens are settling back into school. You may be a first time preschool parent or a veteran watching your child enter their last semester in high school prior to launching into college.

Awesome parents make great kids. It is truly vital that you as a parent find as much information and resources as you can to improve and better your parenting skills. Your kids will grow faster, more mature, brighter, more respectful, and more in tune with you.

This article is aimed to provide you with 10 ways that you can improve the parenting skills that will your child is “asking for”.

 

1. Become involved in your child’s life. You can do this by:

  • Joining their school PTA
  • Signing up to be a coach for their team
  • Having a date night with them
  • Asking them about their day each and every day
  • Emailing their teachers and community supporters
  • Becoming friends with them on Facebook and other social media

2. Observe your child’s behavior by always remaining involved. When you notice a positive or negative change, be the first to ask (why?)…

3. Be your child’s role model. No one should know your child better than you. Remember that there are always others ready to provide your child with guidance and act as a role model some are positive and others are negative but none will look out for them as you would.

4. Get out of the house and get involved with your child. You can not simply be the home parent who parents from home. You need to parent in the home and out of the home.

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5. Do not engage in parent battles in front of your child. Practice using code words such as “let’s get coffee” when you and your spouse need to debate over a matter. Remember you son or daughter is observant and fully aware of what goes on, so when you need to battle something out make sure that it is not visible or heard.

6. Provide your children with the utmost attention at every age. It honestly does not matter 5, 12 or 50 years of age. Always provide them with attention.

7. Present yourself as equal parents. Do not step on your spouse to feel empowered it will only lead to a negative reaction from your child and most likely your spouse.

8. Create family games nights, movie nights, or board games! Have some sort of tradition that distinctly defines your family.

9. Identify realistic consequences and rewards that include your child in the decision making process

10. Never give up

11. (BONUS). Praise your child for the positive. Do you remember when your little one was a toddler and you would give him/her endless positive statements? “Great job”; “way to go”; “I believe you”. Just because your child is older does not mean that your positive statements are not needed. Many kids, tweens or teens will not say that they want this – yet – they yearn for it. Your child should not hear you only when they fail or do something bad.

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