When it comes to being a parent, there are no definitive guidelines that are suitable for everyone. It is in no way a case of ‘one size fits all’ because each parent and each child is completely different. Whether people become a parent through careful planning, adoption, a pleasant surprise or even when they decide to foster a child, every situation is different. Regardless of what way they arrive at this wonderful life event, there are still a number of themes with parenting which are the same for every parent no matter the scenario they are in. There are certainly going to be some challenges faced along the way, but it should also be remembered that there will be a number of joyful rewards which will be experienced along the way too.
Raising a child up until the point where they become a well-adjusted adult who can care for themselves is certainly a task which requires a lot of work, and one of the rewards of this that it can be extremely gratifying. This can come through assisting your children in learning a new skill – no matter how difficult – and watching them learn from your advice. When they are younger this can be something as simple as teaching them how to tie their shoe laces or wash their hands properly. Then as they get older the type of advice given can be something which will help them in their later life, such as how to pick the right friends or manage their finances properly. The pride that you will feel as a parent when you see child learning from your advice and become a better person as a result will give you a huge amount of personal gratification.
The emotional connection that you will have with your child is one that is truly like no other, this is because your child is a part of you and you will develop an unconditional love for them. Your child is completely reliant on you form an early age and studies show that this type of connection is unseen in any other type of relationship. Then as you both grow older, you will spend more time together and advice given will make the connection you have with your child even stronger.
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Relating with Your Child
This is one of the challenges you will be likely to face with your child as they start to enter their teenage years. For many children this that point in their life when their parents no longer seem ‘cool’ and they are starting to adapt and engage with the culture around them. The activities you once you used to enjoy with your child may no longer satisfy them and this can make it difficult to relate with them. If you find yourself facing this type of challenge, the advice would be to try and see what your child is now interested in and adapt your interests so that you can still relate with them. This can be through watching the same type of sports they do or offering to go to the cinema with them to see the movie they are wanting to watch.
If you are a parent who chooses to have multiple children, then a common challenge you’ll have to endure is the battle of sibling rivalry. Your children can have conflict between them for multiple reasons, it may be that they are simply vying for your attention as the parent or it could be down to something petty such as wanting the best spot on the sofa. The best way to overcome this type of thing is to try to teach your children from a young age that they are both equally as important to you and for any issues which can arise around your home – teach them to share and to take things in turn.
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