We want our children to achieve milestones in life. For this, we do everything in our might to help them turn into strong individuals and face life’s hardships wearing a smile on their face. Children – in their early years – are a blank slate. We can shape and mold their personalities in the ways we want without having them roll their eyes at us. Calling them young, fragile, and innocent would be an understatement. Kids are always at the mercy of their parents, and we should raise them using the right parenting strategies.
If you want to build a strong foundation for your child for their healthy tomorrow, consider the following tips:
Don’t Be Authoritative
Sometimes, as parents, we expect our children to do things that they wouldn’t otherwise do just because we gave birth to them. This concept is quite unethically ingrained in our minds – most parents forget that their kids can have their own beliefs. They would be strict, authoritative, and bland with the laws of the house and would expect to have their kids blindly follow in their footsteps.
However, the problem with authoritarian parenting is that it negatively impacts a child’s personality. It harms their sense of individuality. They grow up to be individuals with zero confidence – always scared and indecisive on most occasions.
Show But Don’t Tell
When you are not authoritative as a parent, you believe in the ‘Show But Don’t Tell’ concept. The concept is practical and makes your child grow up to be a mentally stable individual with strong foundations. They stay down-to-earth, mentally stable, and their brilliance is reflected in their personality.
Our world is changing at the speed of light – technological innovation has made it dynamic and fast-tracked. There’s no denying that knowledge is only a click away from us. However, it is crucial to make deliberate efforts to educate children on different ideas, concepts, and beliefs to raise children with strong foundations.
For example, start with enlightening them about the struggles of having the right image of themselves. Of course, you don’t want to dive into the details – as their young minds might not be able to grasp the underlying meanings of this concept.
The idea is that children – as they grow into teenagers- seem to lack confidence because they struggle with self-image problems. It keeps them hesitant and confused. They think of themselves as not enough, and it makes them have low self-confidence. To avoid this, a healthy – and real – discussion during dinner can guide them better, and you’ll see quite a positive shift in their personalities with time.
Don’t Instill Fear in Them
Instilling fear in children can be quite detrimental to their overall personality. It’s been witnessed over time that most parents seem to instill fear of mythical creatures like ghosts in the early years of their parenting. It damages your child’s personality in the long run, so it is always better to avoid such behaviors. This way, you will likely raise a mentally healthy individual who can face every odd life throws at them.
Bottom Line – Spend Time With Them
To empower your kids, spending time with them is the first step you should take. Make it a habit to spend an hour or two with your kids every day. One of the most practical ways you can achieve this is by reading with them because it is a great way to strengthen your bond.
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