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11 Resolutions for happy parenting!

on September 5, 2012

Learning House, Jaipur strongly advocates good parenting as one of the most important factors in a child’s development. We understand that being a parent means working endlessly towards your child’s development and assuring a bright future.

To help you a bit, Learning House suggests you to take up these resolutions for better and stress-free parenting:

Resolution #1: Don’t try to fix everything.

Give young kids a chance to find their own solutions. When you lovingly acknowledge a child’s minor frustrations without immediately rushing in to save them, you teach them self-reliance and resilience.

Resolution #2: Say “I love you”

Express your love whenever you feel it, even if it’s 746 times a day.

Resolution #3: Gossip about your kids.

Fact: What we overhear is far more potent than what we are told directly. Make praise more effective by letting your child “catch” you whispering a compliment about him/her to Grandma, Dad or even his/her teddy.

Resolution #4: Avoid food fights:

A healthy child instinctively knows how much to eat. If he refuses to finish whatever food is on his plate, just let it go. He won’t starve.

Resolution #5: Avoid expensive “event parties”

Avoid throwing expensive “event parties” for your children on their birthdays. Instead, confine all birthday celebrations to your family, including extended family. Keep it uncomplicated: a special dinner of the birthday boy or girl’s favorite food, a cake, the song, and a few simple gifts, mostly clothing or other useful things.

Resolution #6: Play. Be silly. Act like a child.

Have fun with your kids by being a kid. You will notice the connection you form instantly.

Resolution #7: Get out of the way:

Adults sometimes need to get out of children’s way. Give your child unsupervised time, either alone or with friends. Teach your children to trust in themselves. Let them make mistakes and experience the consequences.

Resolution #8: Reclaim your home:

Resolve that one day each week will be a day without television, videos, computers and electronics of any sort. Shut the things off! Be present with your child without beeps, flashes, music and voices other than your own distracting you from one another.

Resolution #9:Talk about what it means to be a good person.

Start early. When you read bedtime stories, for example, ask your toddler whether characters are being mean or nice and explore why.

Resolution #10: Celebrate boredom.

Resist the pressure to become your child’s day planner, social secretary and entertainment organizer. Allow for days where nothing is planned. Don’t protect your child from a day with nothing to do. Day after day filled with adult-organized activities and events destroys any possibility of creativity or self-discovery.

Resolution #11: Get creative together:

Play together, fantasize together, and get creative together using only the simplest of materials: old clothes, a cardboard box, crayons, paper and glue. Pretend to explore a world under the sea or find wood nymphs and fairies. Make up characters and go on grand adventures.

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