Morals, values, integrity. Those are beautiful traits you want your children to cultivate and exhibit to the world. Children with those attributes not only make parenting easy, but they mature into decent individuals, proving invaluable to societal development, against becoming bums and scoundrels. Rendering the necessary education, protection from harmful influences, and disciplining when necessary are, however, effective ways to elude the aforementioned. Once those three vital ingredients are thrown into your parenting stew, you’ll be practicing good parenting.
Vital Ingredients of Good Parenting
Educate Your Children
Good parenting includes educating your children. Why do you enroll your children in an educational facility as soon as they’re able to act without your support? Yes, you value their education and what is involved in the learning process. However, did you know that as parents, educating your children rest primarily on your shoulders? Not only should you take an active interest in formal education, but helping your children to become responsible, morally exemplary, and loving individuals is your priority. Education takes various forms, including teaching your children to discern between wrong and right.
Protection From Harmful Influences
According to archives from the US Department of Justice, a staggering 60% of American children are “exposed to violence, crime, or abuse in their homes, schools, and communities.” Your children do not have to be included in that statistics. Good parents do what’s necessary to protect their children from harm. Rendering the first ingredient – education – can help to protect your children. Let your children know that it’s inappropriate and wrong for anyone to touch them at their genital organs.
Children are susceptible and vulnerable to abuse, especially by in-laws. If you foster a loving and opened environment for your children, they’ll feel comfortable to approach you about incidents of this nature. If not careful, the school and the community can pose a threat to your kids, as they’re opened to different teachings, creeds, and culture. Play the ‘stranger danger’ game with them. They should not be talking to/with strangers. If they’re being bullied, help them to fight back without their fists. When appropriate, visit the school to discuss the matter with teachers, counselors, and others.
Discipline to the Proper Degree
Disciplining to the proper degree should be done in a loving and kind manner. Proper discipline does not need to include the ‘rod’ or physical contact. Discipline could simply mean helping the child to realize the gravity or consequences of disobeying or doing what’s bad. When disciplining, it should be done in love. Never discipline your children when hot-headed or inflamed. You might induce harm you cannot come back from. Verbal abuse is not OK; you’ll tear down your child’s confidence and self-esteem. Discipline should be kind. As you consider love and kindness when disciplining, remember it should be done to the proper degree; the discipline should equate to the wrong done.
Parenting is no easy feat, especially when dealing with children with special needs. However, once you continue to provide ‘proper’ education for your kids, protection from harmful influences, and discipline to the proper degree, you’ll be cooking up a good stew by providing good parenting and training that your kids will treasure for a lifetime.
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