What child doesn’t want to be praised? It’s easy to focus on what they aren’t doing or what they need to do but what if we started to focus on what they are doing and recognizing it?
As a parent sometimes it is hard to make a decision and stand by it.
They take responsibility.
Often times we expect our children to own up to their mistakes but as parents do we always do it too? I bet if we were all answering honestly the answer would be no.
In parenting we often miss the why part. It’s much easier to say “because I said.” Our children may not agree with the outcome but if we help them understand why the outcome is usually much better for all. And we all probably could work on listening better because the most effective communication involves way more listening than talking.
They set the example.
I catch myself all the time thinking “they are watching” or “react as I expect my daughters to react” and so on. It’s tough but they are watching us all the time and often act as we do.
They give feedback.
We may not always want it but we all need constructive feedback. It’s ok to listen and take to heart what our children, spouse, friend, colleague, etc. We all want to be the best version of ourselves.
They seek help.
This may not always be easy but it’s healthy to be vulnerable and lean on others around you.
Our kids want to be challenged but many need our support along the way. They may never ask for it but they need it.