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You may recall the rules, life lessons and responsibilities you had as a child when parenting your children. While each environment, family and child are different, what each child needs is quite similar. Learn how to best care for your child based on the tips below.
Talk to your children about their activities, life or interests. They want to feel heard and understood and the best way to do that is by communicating with them. Put the electronic devices down and talk to your child face-to-face when possible. You can visually see if something is bothering them or what lights up their eyes with excitement, as well as hear their tone of voice on different topics. Depending on their age, your child may ignore you, but deep down, they’ll appreciate that you’re interested in their life.
2. Be present
No matter the school activity – sporting activity, musical concert, chess match – or life event – prom, wedding, having their own children – show up for your children at every stage of their life. The problems and achievements children face from when they’re in kindergarten to a senior in high school are different, but they need to know you’ll always be there for them.
3. Spend time with your child
Activities can differ based on your child’s age but do something as a family when you have free time. Laughing and bonding with their family is something your child won’t forget and neither will you. You could go on a family bike ride, go to the park, or go to dinner and a movie.
4. Set rules
Setting rules and boundaries for your child is important so they know right from wrong. By setting rules and stating them out loud, your child is more likely to remember them. While it may annoy them, your child will remember what the right thing to do is when facing a difficult situation because that’s what you taught them.
5. Find the help they need
If your child is suffering from mental health issues or behavioral problems, finding a local therapist can help them learn how to cope. Children don’t always communicate with their parents, but they may open up to a professional. As a parent, you never want to see your child suffer, but by finding the help they need, they don’t need to.