Parenting is tough. Many couples consciously try to avoid the parenting style of the previous generation, to avert making the same mistakes. There’s no instructional manual when it comes to raising a child to adulthood.
With modern technology and the Internet, parenting tips and advice are now easily available. However, not all advice given is suitable for every child, as each has different needs during their stages of growing up.
Let your child play alongside with you
Most modern families have game consoles at home – in some cases, they are purchases made prior to childbirth. There are educational games for kids available on the PS Store (PlayStation devices), Nintendo eshop (Nintendo devices) that you can play alongside your child, or to moderate your child’s playtime. It’s also a good way to bond.
Listen to what your child feels like sharing
Always listen to what your child feels like sharing with you. It could be about their day at school, or an activity they want to do with you. The answer doesn’t have to be an instant ‘yes’ – just listening to your child’s sharing session is a good way to communicate with them.
Encourage your child more
Encouragement is a confidence booster for your child, especially when trying anything new, like riding a bike, first stage performance. Even if the outcome isn’t great, don’t discourage them immediately. Encourage them to do better the next time, and give them hands-on guidance as well. Or even attend their very first tournament to show huge support.
Have a family get-together
Most parents cherish spending quality time with their children. As family bonding is important, plan a monthly get-together to have family-themed or -centric activities. Why not try something new with the family – hands-on baking or cooking with your child.
Don’t let other parents tell you what you should or should not do
Every parent has a different way or method in raising their child – so it’s not someone else’s obligation to give advice on how to raise a child ‘the proper way’. The process of parenting is to learn as you grow. Millennial parents: don’t let other parents dictate how you should parent your child. Your child’s yours, not theirs.
Parenting is part of the life-cycle process – modern parents, you guys are doing a great job with your child.