Setting New Year Goals: Five Ideas for Better Parenting in 2018
Resolutions are often made this time of year and usually broken within the first few months. However, while it might be tempting to break a diet resolution, there’s not temptation to break a resolution promising to be a better parent.
Your parenting skills and techniques shape your child’s personality and future. There is never an incorrect time to decide to up your parenting game.
Stop Using Labels
Even if you label your little one shy or outgoing, you are doing her a disservice. The way in which you label your child is how she grows up seeing herself. If you continuously refer to her as your shy one, even affectionately, she will probably view herself as shy forever. This might inhibit her ability to become more outgoing as she gets older. Improve your parenting this year by eliminating labels from your vocabulary.
Set a Good Example
Children learn from example. If you’re telling them it’s not nice to speak unkindly of others while constantly gossiping in front of them about people you know, chances are they will grow up to do the same thing. Your behavior is what they model their behavior from. If you want to be a better parent, be a better person.
Let Your Kids Make Mistakes
It’s hard to fight the urge to encourage your child to do everything perfectly, but you have to let her make mistakes. Part of being the best possible parent is letting your child learn from experience. Sometimes she has to fail so that she can learn to appreciate the feeling of success and so that she can learn valuable lessons. Experience is the best teacher; let her make mistakes and learn from them when you can. It’ll make her a much better person in the long run.
Expose Your Child to New Cultures
Travel is the only thing you spend money on that makes you richer, so said someone famous at some point or another. When you expose your children to new cultures you are opening up their eyes and hearts to new experiences and new knowledge. Whether you travel to Ireland to experience the Irish culture or just to a local historical site to learn about the historical culture of your area, it doesn’t matter. Just expose your children to different cultures and new places.
There are a million ways you can be a better parent, even if you’re already a pretty great one to begin with. If ever there is a New Year’s resolution to make, it’s becoming a better parent. No one loses with a resolution like this.