Sadly, there are a lot of families that lack love and support, families which rely on unhealthy parenting styles. On the opposite spectrum, healthy parenting focus on healthy relationships, where parents are present, pay attention to their children, listen to them, and rely on communication and assertive skills to bond and solve conflicts.
Parents need to cultivate healthy relationships with their children. Communication is the key. When the family spends time together, the family bonds and grow stronger together. Watching a movie is a nice way to share quality time, however it should not be the only way. Parents should try and plan engaging activities where the family can deeply connect while having fun. Parents need to create communicative environments for children to feel comfortable enough to reach out to them whenever they feel like it. Take time to tell your children how well they are doing, or how much you love them, focus on the positive as much as possible.
Children are young and have a lot to learn and understand, nevertheless, they are people and are entitled to have their own preferences and opinions. It is natural for parents to want to share the same interest and points of view as their children, however that is not always the case, and parents must respect their children even if they do not share the same interests and opinions.
Tantrums and misbehavior are a cry for help; it is how children communicate that something is wrong. Therefore, parents need to try to find the source of the problem, rather than just punish children. Reasons for misbehavior vary from child to child, and from family to family.
The best approach to deal with disciplinary issues is through communication. It might be difficult in the moment, but parents need to explain to their children the problem with their actions. Children, who understand why their behavior was wrong, are less likely to do it again.
Invest in your family. Parents need to balance their personal and professional lives, having a family involves more than just paying the bills, parents must get involved and share quality time with their children and spouse.
Parents who work might need to clear their schedule and implement new strategies to organize their responsibilities, in order to have more time to spend with their family. Another plausible option is to take some step backs from work. Earning money is important, but sometimes spending time with the family is more important. It does not mean that parents need to quit their job, it means that they should try to dedicate some time for their children as well.
Parents are supposed to be a team, and as a result both parents must be equally involved in the family. When it comes to families’ responsibilities, society has placed women in a position where they are usually more invested than men. This arrangement is far from fair; men should be just as involved as women. Fathers who take care of their children and assume some of the house chores, set a good example for them, and contribute to keep a healthy environment.
Healthy parenting is not a new trend that tries to overthrow society foundations and values; it is a humanistic approach that parents need to implement in order to guarantee that their children will thrive in healthy and supportive spaces
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