Are you at your wit's end when it comes to raising up your kids? Read the following words and parenting concept that comes along with each of them. They can open your heart and mind to a new and more effective parenting style.
PLAY - Play or playing is a child's way of expression and putting himself to work. Through play he discovers and develops certain skills. If you think that play is a waste of time, please think again. Let your children play. Take the time to play with them. You can use play to enjoy yourself with your kids and to teach them important life lessons and right conduct such as respect, teamwork, taking turns, etc.
TALK - Talking is different from ordering your kids around or telling them what-to-do and what-not-to-do. It involves listening and recognizing your kids' thoughts and feelings. One of the best times to talk with your kids is at the dinner table. Rephrase open-ended questions so that you can have a discussion with your kids over dinner. Don't let your kids to do all the talking. Share your thoughts and personal experiences too.
EARN - Teaching kids the concept of earning something can be challenging especially when they're used to acquiring all their wants with ease. Guide them in knowing that money, privileges, items, grades, etc. are earned not owed. Children who learn this by heart get a true feeling of accomplishment when they work hard and earn something. As a parent, you will be less burdened about giving in to your kids' every request if you have successfully taught them the value of working and earning.
LIFE - Kids need to experience life in order to learn how to navigate past and future difficulties. Children who are taught they can say or do anything they wish without corresponding consequences fail in life when they become adults. By teaching them to take life seriously, they will learn and grow up as adults with sense of discipline, responsibility, honor, pride, or love.