When you’re a parent, you face a constant series of challenges as your child goes through all the different stages of growing up. Consistency really is the key to getting through these difficult times, as well as using proven strategies that actually work. If you want to raise your children in a more positive manner, continue reading this article.
Whereas some parents practice a strict, authoritarian type of parenting, while others are very permissive, the ideal middle ground is what’s sometimes called authoritative parenting. An authoritarian parent will tell a child to obey a rule, “because I said so,” whereas an authoritative parent will explain why the rule is necessary. The authoritative parent recognizes the need for rules, but balances this out with the willingness to have open dialogues with the child. Children need some limits, or they’ll grow up feeling insecure and lacking in self discipline, but they also need to develop their own individual personalities. It’s not always easy to find this ideal balance, but part of your job as a parent is looking at where your kids are and figuring this out day by day. Children need to learn that what they do has a consequence, something you need to convey as you are parenting your kids. Consequences for bad behavior typically range around the removal of certain privileges like surfing on the Internet or having to sit in the room. Above all, always be consistent; the moment you are not consistent, the rules will not have the potency that they did before. The rules that you enforce need to be done every time, and not because you feel like it or if the mood suits you. It is so important to always be consistent with the enforcement of your policies, otherwise your kids will not develop a sense of responsibility or structure in regard to the choices that they make.
What’s the best way to get your child to stop doing something or to change his or her behavior? One of the most effective ways to handle this is to give the child some choices. Any choice that you give your child will give them the power to make the right decision, something you want them to learn. For example, your child may be digging around in your freshly planted garden that you worked several days on.
Bad choices can be averted by providing two or more good choices that the child can select from and make the situation better. This type of scenario allows you to avoid angry talk, and allows your child to make a good decision with you being in full control every step of the way. Parenting styles depend on both the personalities of the parents and the nature of the children. Your child’s personality will dictate whether they have great self-control or need to be disciplined regularly. Due to the fact that every child that you have will have a different personality, each parenting skill that you try to implement will have to be modified in a variety of ways to work.
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