When asked about parenting, everyone has a different opinion that makes it a controversial topic. However, the question “how to be a modern parent” unites all the parents.
Modern parenting is difficult yet easy for them who follow a few tips:
- Let the child explore
Personal space is very important for every child. As the child grows parent should take a step back from controlling, allowing the child to make decisions. The emotions and privacy of child should be weighed the same as every individual. According to one study conducted by two psychology professors, children who have less exposure to formal education show “more sustained attention and learning than their counterparts from families with extensive involvement in Western schooling.” This shows that children should be given control over their choices. Besides, a child is not only your child but a person with an individual personality and thoughts.
- Reduce social pressure
A good parent accepts that every child is different and never forces a child to prove themselves in the society. Besides the child should be allowed to step out of the norms of society and be you. According to science, the most successful children have warm and accepting parents.
- Be the child’s best friend
Children are always attention seekers. Best parents give attention to kids by communicating-letting them pour their heart out. O.A Batista said, “The best inheritance a parent can give his children is a few minutes of his time each day”. Moreover, it is said that a child gets the best education from parents.
A human being always makes mistakes, so does a parent. Feel proud to learn from fellow parents. As a parent, a third opinion is always better than doing it wrong. Eventually, the best version of parents comes out of you when you learn from others mistakes.
It’s good to learn from your mistakes. It’s better to learn from other people’s mistakes.-Warren buffet.
- Speak for your child
Even if the world turns against a person, he always expects his parents to support him thus parents should take stand for the child. Instead of suppressing the children, you should stand against the injustice they went through. In a journal published by the American Psychological Association (APA), it is said that research has long shown that children who receive abundant support from their parents report fewer psychological and physical problems during childhood than children who receive less parental support.
- Prepare your child for future
Parental support should never cross the boundary. Being a social animal, a child too requires training and grooming. On top of that a parent can never back up the child; sooner or later child needs to be taught being bold and strong enough to face the world. According to a research, self-esteem, or having a positive or negative sense of self, is well-established by the time we reach 5 years of age. Also, the core values such as tolerance and acceptance are very important for survival. A confident and well-disciplined child is more likely to be socially active.
A successful parent lets the child know the dangers of the modern world. Firstly, before your child gets into the peer pressure to do bad, make him capable of choosing his social circle wisely. Your child should make safe use of social media, internet and cell phone. Most important of all the basic ethics and human rights against bullying and exploitation should be inculcated in a child.
- Allow the child to live in the present
As the world modernizes, children know more than parents about modern-day trends. Let the child live according to the modern lifestyle. Do not force the child to acquire the same mindset as you. Parenthood is about guiding the next generation and forgiving the last.-Peter Krause.
- Value the emotions
Along with physical care, your child also requires mental care. Here, at top priority, a child should be embarrassed by the parent publicly. Secondly, never compare a child to anyone or else the child feels left-back.
- Be yourself
Give a deaf ear to whatever the world says about your parenting. Parent your child confidently in the way you feel right; you are the parent and you know better than anyone.