Many parents don’t realize the enormous responsibility they have as leaders. After all, in order to create a better tomorrow, it’s up to the parents of today to create respectful, and good-hearted people. Here are some of the best tips for creating wonderful children that will in turn become wonderful adults.
Lead By Example
One of the biggest mistakes that parents make is failing to lead by example. You can tell a child all day what they should do, however, if you’re not leading by example then it will go in one ear and out the other. Don’t just tell your children they should clean their room, keep a tidy house, and show them that you practice what you preach. It’s essential that we teach through our actions not just with our words.
Love Them as They Are
Parents that are too are overly critical and constantly trying to change their children are usually the kind of parents that create bitter and critical adults. Teach your children to love and accept themselves by loving and accepting them the way that they are.
Even though you may not always agree with what they do, ultimately you have to accept that they are their own unique person. Although parents jobs are too keep their children safe, and should stop them from engaging in any activities that could hurt themselves or others, they should ultimately accept their uniqueness, even if it strays away from their own personal beliefs.
Statistics show that children thrive from affection. Although words can be a form of affection, physical contact is also important. Give your children plenty of hugs, and comfort them when they need you. Even though some parents may not want to pick up their screaming toddlers all the time, the truth is that time flies. There are only children for a short period of time, so let them be kids while they can. Give them that extra cuddle, and pick them up just a little more.
Show Them Forgiveness
Holding grudges is a huge source of suffering. Show your children the amazing blessings that forgiveness has to offer. Rather than letting anger fester inside of you, show your children that it’s OK to let go of anger, and move on from difficult situations. One of the best things you can show your children is the art of moving on, because hanging on to anger and resentment will only hurt you in the end.
How can you expect your children to be polite people if you’re not polite yourself? Teach them the art of being kind to everyone that you come across, and being gracious in your encounters. Encourage them to say “please” and “thank you,” and treat others the way that they would like to be treated. If everyone could teach their children these qualities, the world would be a better place.