Of course, as parents we all want to provide our children with a better existence than we had growing up. What I realized with raising my own three children, is that they all have different personalities and quirks. Therefore, they all required their own “style” of parenting from me. For example, my eldest child stated that she was unhappy, having to tend to her siblings after school until I returned home from work. We had several arguments/ disagreements on this issue between her and I.
Parenting Advice & Tips
When you meet a new person that you like, one of the first questions you’ll want to know is if your new potential partner has a child. If so, and things start to get serious, you’re naturally going to start wondering how you will handle becoming a step parent to this child. Here are a few simple tips to keep in mind if you want to be a good stepparent.
Tip Number One: You Are Joining the Family; Not the Child
As the non-birth parent, you must accept and realize that you are the one joining the family—they are not joining your life, you are joining theirs. Learning how the household structure works takes time and patience. At the beginning, it’s important to observe and learn the personalities and habits of the child. You must also be willing to do any and everything the birth parent would do. For example, be willing to make dinner, help with homework and have quality family time doing what the kids love to do. Most of all it is crucial that you show genuine concern and attention to the children at all times. If you truly love the child’s parent that means you also must love and care for her kids.
Children are very impressionable and attentive. Even when you don’t think they’re listening, they usually are. They need a responsible and caring adult in their lives to help them grow up with the same values. You can be a positive inspiration to a young person just by giving her encouragement and a new perspective. Commit yourself to inspiring the young person in your life to be great.
Identify Their Strengths
The first step to inspiring a child to be great is to observe him and try to figure out his strengths. For instance, if he’s the class comedian, he might be good at public speaking or even acting. If he likes to argue his points, he might make a good lawyer in the future. If the girl in your life is a Chatty Cathy, she might make a great talk show host or newscaster.
Parenting in the new millennium has become more challenging for parents due to the rise in social media. Social media sites have become a large part of many of our everyday lives. The Pew Research Internet Project estimates that as of May 2013, 74 percent of adult women and 62 percent of men were users of social networking sites. The numbers are even higher for teens with an 81 percent social media usage rate according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
So as a parent you now have technology bursting at the seams. In addition to all of your other duties, you must now teach your children how to use and navigate social media sites with thought and care for their safety and well-being. They can access these sites from a cellular phone, iPad or laptop just about anywhere. Children don’t know it, but they may face real dangers by having the internet at their fingertips at all times. It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure their safety and educate them on these matters. Here are a few habits and rules that you should consider establishing with your children before allowing them to access any and all social media sites.
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