Joanne Gallacher
By Joanne Gallacher

Is parenting ever easy?

What makes a good parent

what makes a good parentParenting is certainly not an easy job. It is hard work and lots of people are not ready for the responsibility, commitment and selflessness. It is probably the most important job in the world and not everyone is really qualified.

It involves many different aspects that work individually and also work together to influence a child’s personality. It is a constant process of educating and influencing them, from the time of birth until they reach adulthood.

There is actually no exact right way or wrong way to raise someone, but one of the most important things you can do is give your children a good example to follow.

What about Child Misbehaviour?

Misbehavior is one of the signs to you as a parent that your children feel that needs of theirs are not being taken care of, or met. It is very easy for you to forget this when just focusing on correcting behavioural problems day to day.

Try focusing on other things, such as their charming ways, changing your parenting role from a commander to a coach that they respect.

Some parents seem to have different ways of approaching child misbehavior: One of complete embarrassment when a child is misbehaving in a public place but then the same misbehavior happens at home and it does not get the same obedient or appropriate attention.

As role models we need to instill a clear set of rules and limits that are constant so not to have a hazy set of rules.

A lot of times parents blow their lid when a child’s misbehavior pushes their buttons.

Is respect really important?

Respect is the basis of parenting. Those parents who early on in their child’s life discipline acts of disrespect are far more likely not to have to deal with things, such as temper tantrums, later.

Discipline is hard, but children love and respect the parents who use it correctly. When disciplining a child try to remember not to go crazy. At all times your child should feel respected, safe and cared about by you being their parent.

Some qualities your child will emulate and respect are compassion, confidence, kindness and independence to name just a few.

Parenting is not an easy job at all, but you can look at it as an adventure with never a dull moment. You can enjoy being with your children and you can be proud of them.

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