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5 Simple Ways to Transform Yourself into a Great Parent

5 Simple Ways to Transform Yourself into a Great Parent
Understanding the concept of discipline and following positive parenting techniques is essential to be a great parent. Read on to learn how to win your children’s heart and how to be a great parent.
Parenting is the most rewarding job of your life – though it is not an easy job. This is a job that never gets over even when your kids grow up as adults. If you want to be a great parent, you need to make your kids feel loved and valued and grow up as confident, caring, and independent adults. Creating a nurturing environment for your kids is the most important thing. Here are few ways of being a great parent.

1. Love and Motivate Your Kids

Love and affection is the prime thing you need to provide to your kids. You do not have to overdo it - a simple warm hug or caring touch is sufficient sometimes. Also, a little encouragement, approval, a gentle cuddle, a small appreciation, etc. can work for a long way to keep your kids boosted and motivated. Praising your kids in addition to giving them negative feedback is a sign of a good parent. If they have the confidence that you are always there by their side, they can be really independent and adventurous in life, and can thus be successful.

2. Make Time for Your Kids

No matter how much busy you are in your life, a great parent will always have time for his or her kids. It is very important to spend quality time with your kids. If you have more than one kid, then spend time with each of them individually. Attend their school functions, take them to park or library or music event, watch movies together, do homework with them, etc. Listen to what they want to say. Make them feel special by being attentive to them. Be there for their milestones, be it their small ceremony day or their graduation day.

3. Be a Good Disciplinarian

Children need boundaries. A great parent would enforce rules and follow them consistently. It is very important to communicate your rules clearly, so you must have a list of them and discuss with your kids so that they know its importance. Also, you must be clear about the consequences for breaking the rules. Punish them for crossing their limits, but also appreciate them for being within the limits.

4. Control Your Anger

A great parent’s sign is not to lose temper. It is very essential to control your anger. Be calm and reasonable as you explain your rules to your kids. Never feel out of control or never lose your mind – if you do so, then apologize to your kids making them feel that it is unusual to behave like that. Also, never criticize your child, but criticize their behavior if they do something wrong. Never ever consider hitting your kids to teach lesson. Do not scold them in public, but take them in private and tell them where they went wrong.

5. Help Your Kids Have a Healthy Lifestyle

It is also necessary for a great parent to help kids have a healthy lifestyle. Teach your kids the rights and wrongs of eating habits. Teach them to stay fit. Motivate them to do exercise or yoga or any physical activity for at least 30 min to 1 hour regularly. Teach them how important health is. If you instill these good habits in your kids from an early age, they will value them forever in their life.
Always emphasize your kids in building good character. Help them stay motivated. Help them differentiate between good and bad. Encourage them to choose good habits and discourage the wrong habits. Never use harsh words, and teach them the right morals of life. Once your kids understand the value of discipline, rules, and manners, they would evolve into great human beings when they grow up.

How can one analyze his or her parenting skills? What are the qualities of great parents? Which ways should be followed to become a great parent? Discuss here.

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