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ABC’S OF PARENTING SERIES
The second part of our ABC’s of Parenting Series is The letter B.
The letter “B” has a full range of words that relate to Parenting! Below is a small list that we think are important while dealing with our kids. We have included our thoughts, tips and tricks as related to the letter B.
Raising balanced kids is pretty simple. Make sure you define your successes on your own terms, not by society. Give them well rounded time – split between family, work, school, friends, and play. Disciplining and setting limits as well as allowing them the room to make mistakes and learn.
Balancing work and family life can be difficult but is so necessary. Make sure you dedicate time to your children and home life, just as you would to work. Hire a babysitter once in a while to also maintain a healthy relationship with your partner.
Your core beliefs are at the forefront of your parenting. Understanding your own belief system will open your mind to your style. Looking at your believes and understanding if they are positive or negative based can really be eye opening.
Are you more of an “I am lovable” or an “I am unlovable ” person. Do you believe you are good enough? Are you smart or are you stupid? Examine what your thoughts are inside and adjust to more positive where you can. This will reflect on your parenting and how your raise your children to believe in themselves.
Making eye contact is so important to show your family you are present with them. Set out time together to play a game – no technology. Play a board game or do something all together like geo-caching.
Try to get down on your child’s level as often as possible. Look at the world with them, through their perspective. Ask them to show you how to do something or to read you a book. Keep things light and allow them to be your teacher for a moment.
Be Your Best
This may seem simple but really try to be your best in every situation. Let your best self shine. When you are at your best, those around you strive to be their best as well. Focus on the things that are really important.
Sometimes you need to sacrifice what you want to do in your life, for what would be best for your child or for your family. This can be difficult in some situations as you end up putting your desires second.
Taking steps to having a big heart means that you are super kind to people and that you are nice on a regular basis. When you are kind to people and you treat them nicely, you can give both of you happiness.
You are willing to give your possessions and willing to share what you have with your children. Living in this unselfish way can teach your children, through your example, to live in the same way. They will begin to treat others around them in their lives in a kind and unselfish way as well.
When you live blissfully, you are happy and full of joy. Being full of joy leads to relaxation and contentment. You can feel at one with yourself and at peace in your life.
Of course, this flows down to your children as they learn to live with joy in their hearts as well. Finding your zen in parenting and in life and showing your kids how to find their own zen.
Did you know that blowing bubbles can help with reducing stress? Think about those breathes you take, through pursed lips. This form of breathing is great for keeping your airways open.
You can really reduce tension by taking the time to blow bubbles. And, at the same time, you can have a ton of fun with your kids. Show me a kid who doesn’t love bubbles and I will be shocked. Living in the moment while blowing bubbles is great for everyone in the family. As you relive your stress-free and care-free days of being a kid, you become more calm and centered.
Being bored can actually be a good thing for your kids. Allow them times to be bored. You really do not need to fill up every moment of every day with something on the schedule.
Boredom can help stimulate creativity. It can give you an opportunity to think about your goals and in turn make you more goal orientated. Being bored can actually make a person be more motivated. It is in the down time that you can find your excitement for something new and exciting.
It is important to set clear boundaries for you kids. Let them know that you mean what you say by following through on your word. Keep things as positive as you can. Always make it clear to you kids what is off limits and what your expectations are. Allow your kids to be a part of setting boundaries in the family. I think one of the most important things is holding firm to your word.
Boundaries set up clear guidelines on how you want to be treated. They guide your children on how they should behave. Setting boundaries in your family can help make sure everyone is mutually respectful, appropriate and caring.
What is your favorite parenting word that starts with the letter B? Feel free to share in the comments!
If you want, feel free to read our post about Teaching Children To Use Good Manners.
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