3 Tips To Be A Better Parent Today Than You Were Yesterday

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Being a parent is one of the most challenging and rewarding roles in life. However, it’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind and forget to be intentional about our parenting. If you’re looking to be a better parent today than you were yesterday, here are some tips to help you on your journey:

1. Unconditional love

When in the midst of frustration, it is so easy to forget that your only role in that moment s to love them without conditions.

How to do this?

Begin by observing your language. Instead of being quick to correct, find out what you can say differently to let your child know that you love them no matter what, and that it is their behaviour that you do not approve of.

As we begin to parent from this starting point of unconditional love, we start to observe how the language, perspective, and energy we  bring into otherwise challenging situations begin to shift. We also begin to see how these allow for a much deeper connection between our child and us.

2. Check in with your emotional bank balance

Evaluate whether you have had meaningful interactions with your child and created opportunities for open connection and emotional intimacy.

It is when you have made enough connection that you can start making withdrawals and be able to effectively convey your expectations and requests. An adequate emotional bank balance brings in structure and routine in the home.

3. Create rituals
Activities and traditions that reflect a family’s interests and values have the potential to create powerful connections and ownership within the family. 

Here are some ideas:

Daily or weekly family walk
After dinner, a short walk is a great way to get out of the house for a bit of exercise and away from screens. If your kids are small, the stroller is a great option. As they grow, they’ll be excited to walk along with you.

Cook together
Cooking together with your child is a fun and rewarding activity that allows you and your child to share a common goal, and working towards that goal can help build a stronger bond between you. It’s a great way to spend quality time together while also teaching valuable life skills and fostering a deeper connection.

Being a parent is a constant learning experience, and it’s important to remember that you can always strive to be a better parent than you were yesterday. It is about making small, intentional changes one day at a time that add up over time. By focusing on these tips, you can create a more positive and fulfilling relationship with your child.

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