Parenting is tough! Mothers especially are expected to know and do everything, and well. While it isn't easy, good mums share certain characteristics. Pssst! If you don't already possess such qualities, well, we can always learn, practise, so that we will do better!
1. Loving unconditionally
Showering your child with love and attention is one of the best ways of building a strong and loving relationship with your child that will last a lifetime.
2. Seeing things from your kid’s point of view
Every child needs someone to talk to, vent to, and get advice from. If you are able to see things from your child’s perspective, they will build trust with you and be more inclined to let you in on the things in her life.
3. Being consistent
Consistency requires you to be unwavering, steadfast and firm in your parenting journey. This can be tested when you are tired because you will become inconsistent, unfocused and erratic when dealing with your child. This results in giving out mixed signals to your little one which is likely to sabotage previous parenting efforts. Always stay consistent in sending messages to your little ones.
4. Providing discipline
Disciplining a child can be challenging but is necessary to correct your child’s negative behaviour. Start with setting up with routines so they know what is expected of them at different times of the day. Get creative with disciplining your children. If you always use the same discipline techniques, they lose their effectiveness over time so find ways to encourage good behaviour and send reminders to your children.
5. Having balance – making time for everything
Create and organise a family calendar and mark important dates – school appointments, children’s co-curricular, tuition activities, family events, birthdays and more. Then, roster chores for your children based on the calendars. You can also try using Google calenders, which can be shared and synced on smartphones. You are also able to colour code activities by person so you can keep up with each other’s scheduling changes.
Set aside 15 minutes each week to review the upcoming week’s schedule to eliminate surprises during the week. If you have a domestic helper, share the calendar with her so that she is up-to-date on everyone’s activities.
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