6 commandments to become a modern parent
Many parents are working and get to spend less quality time with children.
Due to which they try to pamper kids with gifts instead of spending time with them.
So don’t resort to gifting as a replacement for family time instead have meals together and avoid watching television.
1. Inculcate rules
Instead of being afraid to be strict on children, try to practice tough love from time to time and inculcate positive discipline. Nowadays kids feel disconnected to the needy and feel entitled about their own privileges. Take every opportunity to teach them about compassion and build empathy in them.
2. Set screen time rules
Time spent by children and parents on mobile phones should be pre decided, monitored and regulated. Keep the phone down. Remind yourself from time to time that mobile addiction is very real. These distractions inculcate wavering minds in kids, stress and impatience. So, form healthy boundaries about the same. Children bound to the mobile or iPad don’t know how to have social interactions. Consult a Pediatric doctor if your child shows signs of social media addiction. You should be aware of the tools used to screen for sexting, cyberbullying, and problematic internet use. Also, provide opportunities for the same – exercise or dance class, library, and so on.
3. Take them out to learn
Teach them to appreciate Nature and to learn how to conserve the Earth’s resources. As a modern parent it’s our responsibility to teach our kids the need for reducing, recycling, and reusing. This will help the future generations.
4. Make them confident individuals
Strike a balance between their freedom and the need to teach them Indian culture and traditions. Both are necessary for the development of mentally and socially healthy human beings. Finally ensure your kids become self-reliant humans. Not relying only on parents and the house help for small tasks for day-to-day activities goes a long way in developing these little ones into strong independent adults.
5. Spend time with them
Nuclear families are common nowadays. So extended family support is missing. Hence, try to have a work life balance with time spent with children.
Try to be a role model. Whatever country the kids live in, they will continue to emulate the behavior they see at home. So do what you expect your kids to do. Try to accept that mental health issues are also real and to seek medical help if any signs suggestive of anxiety or depression are seen in your child. Nearly one in every four individuals may suffer some psychiatric problem. So instead of avoiding the issue, face it with proper help.
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