How to be a Role Model for your Child

Create room for bonding.

Children learn to respect and care for others when they are treated the same way. How you behave with your child, impacts the way they behave to others. When your child feels loved, bonding and values grow stronger. Schedule some family time in your daily routine and get to know about his/her day. Dancing to music together, or helping them in DIY craft activities are just some of the, many ways to bond with your child.

Show them what caring is

Parents are the child’s first teachers. Every child observes and learns from parents and their actions have a lot of impact on the child. Teach the child ‘Sharing is Caring’ and help them in sharing toys, books, and rides with friends and siblings .Small children are ‘me-oriented ‘by nature caring helps them develop as people is all about. Our Value Education Programme also parallely works with your child on developing Empathy.

Set expectations for your child

As a parent, it is more important to find the right balance between setting expectations and guidelines to reach those expectations. It is a balancing act as you know your child the best and can help them make appropriate goals. Expect your children to keep their promises and stay firm with commitments and demonstrate the same.

Teach children sense of responsibility

Engage your children in household chores along with you; it is one of the best ways to teach them to be responsible. Guide them in expressing gratitude which really helps them build love and respect towards each other at the home. Set age-appropriate responsibilities and even use the word responsibility while assigning them house hold works. Firstly, demonstrate to children how to complete small tasks. Show them how to prepare a snack or eat an apple; guide them to wash a fruit thoroughly. Does he/she always throw their dirty clothes on the floor? Place a bin or hamper and show them how they need to be placed .Regular practices such as this helps your child understand and feel the owner ship or responsibility.

Guilt over comparison

Never compare your child with another or instill a competitive fear among the children. Every child is special and great in their own way. Guilt over comparison emotionally children and can develop negative effects.. It may lead to demotivation or lower their self-esteem. Instead, focus on their strong points and tell them how they are good in their own ways.

Anger management

Avoid fighting or arguing with your partner, or anyone else in front of your children. They assume what they see and feel it’s okay to shout or be rude in an argument with others. Don’t discuss or chit chat gossips about someone else in front of your children. Anger or frustrations are due to work stress, plan and manage your work and have some ‘Me time’ were you get refreshed ,re-energized and carry out the same mood with your children.

Develop an Explorer

Talk a lot about things happening around the world or places and ask your children to explore more about the things discussed and ask them what was the favorite thing they explored with which the sharing of knowledge increases. Deeper exploration can also be through visual learning from cyber lab, browsing over internet, Newspaper or comics reading by taking books from library.