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10 Basic Principles of Good Parenting Qualities

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Parenting is good, but it shouldn’t be difficult. In this article, you will get to know ten basic principles of good parenting qualities.

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In this modern-day, parenting seems to be more like a daunting task for parents. But parenting shouldn’t be difficult as many parents think.

Although we can agree that times are changing and we incorporate new lifestyles into our lives and families. This makes it seem like parenting is too hard.

And just like every other person, parents face challenges when it comes to parenting or maintaining the qualities of good parenting.

These challenges include time, imbalanced life, poor emotional bond, and failure in instilling moral values. Although nowadays, mothers are working-class like fathers.

But without a doubt, parenting is not limited to only the mother or father. Of course, the challenges don’t lie. That’s why principles to improve parenting qualities are there to act as guides.

What does good parenting mean?

This is the involvement of good parenting qualities to give children a sense of control and best behavior in a consistent manner. When done right, children become independent in their personal growth.

It’s also important that parents look into their children’s age and stage of development and adjust the parenting qualities accordingly.

10 Principles of good parenting qualities

Here are ten principles of good parenting qualities.

1. Setting good examples

Just as we can’t neglect the importance of showing examples as leaders, we also can’t neglect its importance as parents. Children will follow more of what parents do than what parents tell them.

As a role model to children, it’s important to lead by example to give children the confidence to accept change. Otherwise, they will fear to embrace it or not make the right decision.

From the examples they see, they will be keen to believe that the decision they want to make is the right one. Once this is right, every other thing falls in place easily.

This acts as the foundation for establishing good parenting qualities to use in children’s development.

2. Limiting the love

Because of the nature of children, they can sometimes take advantage of too much love parents give to them. This could make them start losing their sense of control.

While it is important to show love to children, an excess of it will most likely result in some negative outcomes. As a precautionary measure, it’s best to always limit it.

When this principle is used, it gives parents more authority over their children. It also helps in making children attend to their duties and being more independent.

3. Being Involved

Basic things like being able to tell children’s whereabouts, challenges, wants, friends, and activities, etc, play a vital role in their overall well-being and development. This also proves that you’re being a good parent to your children.

Just like society, it’s crucial to get involved with children. This will help to strengthen the bond as the parents and children discover more things from each other.

Also, when parents have plans for adjusting their strategy to match the parenting qualities they want, being involved will be very helpful thereof.

4. Adjusting parenting

As a parent, you probably must have tried one strategy or several of them but it seems like it’s not working. The key to finding a solution to this is to adjust the parenting strategy.

Children change, especially as they grow. And even though it’s in their nature to be like this, sometimes, one parenting technique just isn’t working. To maintain a good run, adjustment is necessary.

It’s also important to note that the parenting strategy that works for some children won’t work for others.

5. Establishing and setting rules

As parents, they should know how to set rules according to what they expect from their children. In other words, parents should expect children to follow the rules they lay.

Rules should be in tune with what children “can” and “can’t” do. This is important because it will help to nurture the children’s discipline and in making smart choices.

Without these rules, there will not be guidelines on how they should act. And when they don’t get to act right, they will be prone to think they can get away with anything.

6. Fostering independence

Parents who have good parenting qualities also foster independence in their children. Commonly, children will have friends, but not being influenced is the major culprit.

So, fostering independence in children will go a long way in building mental strength. It will also determine how patient and focused children become.

As a plus, being able to act independently will set a good example, which the children can capitalize on. The goal is making them create this feeling of self-reliance.

7. Being consistent in discipline

Children need constant attention and this also requires consistency in the discipline they get. Just as poor attention also results in being somewhat needy, it also affects parenting.

Consistent discipline from parents keeps children secure from falling back to negative behaviors. As a result, the chances of disobeying rules become less.

However, when children have grown up, parents may cut down on the level of discipline they give their children. At this point, children must have developed a sense of self-discipline.

8. Avoiding harsh discipline

While parents go on with disciplining their children, they must avoid harsh discipline. Keeping hold of certain reasons for discipline by parents can help to control it.

Parents should also protect the behavior and mental health of their children. As such, parents should avoid harsh discipline of any sort.

Although it’s good to maintain discipline, excessive use of it could result in the opposite of the intention of applying the discipline.

9. Explaining rules and expectations

Things can be a little confusing to children, even though they try to stick to the rules set by parents. They may not ask for clarity, but being observant can help in knowing what they need.

Children are keen on knowing “why” rules are set. If they don’t understand what they want to know, they won’t know how to transfer it to every situation they encounter.

They may have the thought of keeping to a rule, but if they feel like any situation isn’t necessary for any situation, they won’t bother.

10. Treating them with respect

Children may be children, but they will constantly need respect from parents to feel the need to return such. This will also determine how they listen to parents and interact with society.

And no matter their age or gender, respecting children is teaching them respect. It will help them to accept their mistakes and communicate more effectively.

Every order given to children will be taken to heart, as long as they get a sense of respect from the parents. Because they will need to listen first before they act accordingly.

In conclusion

Parenting, just like every other responsibility, has its challenges. And we can relate these challenges to things like imbalanced life, poor emotional bonds to failure in instilling moral values, etc.

Due to how things are fast-changing, lifestyle changes and so do this affect family. Although mothers have work duties to attend to, parenting is not limited to one party.

Using this principle will ensure that you give children a sense of control and best behavior in a consistent manner. That way, you can be sure of their Independence in personal growth.

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