year `Gems' for your kid
As a working
parent, you might be often worried of the inadequate time spent with your
kid. Here are positive parenting tips helping you to get rid of the sorry
feeling and start the New Year afresh.
It is certainly
important for a working parent, mother and father, to spend lots of time
with their children. In fact, time spent with a growing baby is among the
most memorable experiences of any person. However, modern-day compulsions
allow little leisure time with the little ones. But that does not mean
one broods over the lack of time. Psychiatrists feel that working mothers
should not constantly think of the time factor, as it brings down their
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A child's well being, security and self-esteem is directly dependent
on the quality of time spent with the parents. It is not the amount of
time, but the kind of time spent with the child, that is crucial. So GEMS
(Genuine Encounter Moments) are the key to successful parenting. A parent
might nag and shout at a child for a whole long day and spend little positive
time, whereas another parent might just spend a nice quiet evening and
provide great comfort to the child.
Working or not working, a mother should be a happy person. So, never
become unhappy because of your inability to spend less time with the child.
Otherwise, your tensions are bound to travel to an impressionable mind.
That will unnecessarily complicate matters.
Always listen to your child carefully. Pay attention to him or her
in the time that you allot to your little one. Many a times, parents are
just physically present with their kids. If you do not communicate with
your kids, there is a possibility that the child might reciprocate similarly.
A child might become parent-deaf. Statistics claims that every child gets
over 2000 compliance requests every day. Children do not register their
parents' requests because they do not get a favorable response from their
You can keep yourself posted about the child's welfare even when you
are outside your home. A phone call before leaving office or a surprise
visit in the school or a reminder to join the community picnic, and a close
look on the progress card, can work wonders. If your child is kept in a
crèche, inquire about the daily intake and afternoon naps. The child
must feel loved and cared for. And the caregiver should also sense your
involvement. Bring the child surprise gifts. And of course, these gifts
need not be expensive. It is the thought that matters.
Do not tell lies to your child. Do not ever fool him or her, with regard
to your work outside. Even if you want to spend a weekend without the child,
be honest with him or her. Tell the child about the exact nature of your
compulsions, and also the longing to be with him or her. Honesty will always
pay. Let both the parents be open about amount of time spent outside home.
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