Raising children is a tough job in today’s time and age, the moment you become a parent, you become responsible for another person’s welfare.
We all want the best for our kids and get overprotective often. Here are some simple yet effective measures to raise happier kids;
- OVER-SCHEDULING ACTIVITIES
Too many activities create a false sense of pressure, even though you feel as parents you are providing opportunities and the kids will fall behind. However, a child who has to study, plus go to a piano class, soccer class and a taekwondo session, is sure to burn out.
- NOT LISTENING
Children need to be heard, not always told. Hearing them, gives them a sense of validation and a safe space.
- RAISING YOUR VOICE
Our children should love us out of respect not fear. Build a bond of friendship with your kids, don’t be a tyrant.
- SHOWER PRAISE
Who doesn’t like praise and appreciation? Using words like “Great job”, or “Fantastic”, can build their self-esteem and give kids the confidence to try new things.
- OVERPROTECTING YOUR CHILD
Overprotecting your child, means setting boundaries they won’t break. How will a child venture out or face tough situations? You can’t hand hold them forever, let them take baby steps and the sooner they become independent, the better.
- The THREE C’S
Communication, consistency and commitment are the three important factors that help parenting. Sticking to a routine leads to discipline, and there’s a sort of pattern that is easily established by following the 3 c’s.
- NO COMPARISONS
It’s very natural, we tend to compare our kids to their peers, but helloooo….HALT! Remember, each of us is a unique individual with our own potential, so recognize your child’s own strength else they’ll feel they are not good enough.