Being a parent is a wonderful, life-changing experience, but it can be tough too, Often, one of the hardest things for parents ids never k owing if they are doing right by their kids or not, which is why I’ve put together a list of a few things every parent should do for their children, just to reassure you that you’re doing alright.
1. Spend quality time with them
One of the most basic things any parent can do for their child is to give them their time. Kids who spend lots of quality time with their parents tend to be happier and far more secure in their relationships. Of course, this doesn’t mean you need to spend every waking moment with them, but you should try to carve out a few hours a week where you can just be together and maybe go for a nice walk talk or practice a fun hobby together.
2. Protect their future
Doing what you can to look out for your childrens’ futures is a really good thing to do as a parent. This could mean anything from ensuring they get a great education to talking to an insurance broker about taking out a life insurance policy to protect them should the worst happen. Any steps you are taking to protect your child’s future are steps in the right direction.
3. Give them some freedom
There is a school of thought that says if you aren’t scheduling every second of your child’s day, you are doing something wrong, but actually, numerous studies have shown that free time is beneficial for kids. It encourages them to use their imagination, helps them de-stress and enables them to work out for themselves what they like doing, Stop beating yourself up if they aren’t doing enough activities, and embrace the freedom.
4. Do your best as a parent
Parents think they need to be perfect all the time. This just adds more stress to the family unit when it is so unnecessary. As parents, the best thing you can do for your children is… well your best. You don’t have to be that perfect mum who’s always organised and never says a crossword for your kids to feel safe, secure and loved.
5. Make memories with them
Whether it’s taking them on the trip of a lifetime or spending every Sunday baking cake with them, giving your kids fond memories of their childhood is a great way to ensure that they grow into healthy, happy adults who appreciate their parents and want to do the same for their kids. Memories matter so make some with your kids today.
6. Reward efforts
Rewarding your child’s efforts is far healthier than rewarding their results. Kids can’t be good at everything, but they can put 100 percent effort into everything and by rewarding tier hard work you are setting them up for a lifetime of putting the effort in, having realistic expectations, and being all the healthier for it.
You’re doing great!