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Parenting: Aggressive or rewarding?

Rewarding yet challenging, parenting is a lifelong commitment every new parent makes. Priceless in every way, parenting demands raising the child in a safe and congenial environment where values are inculcated and wisdom instilled.

Rewarding yet challenging, parenting is a lifelong commitment every new parent makes. Priceless in every way, parenting demands raising the child in a safe and congenial environment where values are inculcated and wisdom instilled.

A parent is a child’s pillar of strength and must know that maintaining a healthy relation is the only golden rule of good childcare. A positive parent-teen relationship has a positive impact on the child’s self-esteem, beliefs and intellect. To build leaders of tomorrow, parents should raise balanced, problem-free kids.

It has been observed that bad parenting has a lifelong irreversible impact on children. Aggressive, narcissistic & controlling parents with unrealistic expectations or high self-esteem negatively impact a child's emotional growth. Emotional blackmail, deceitful actions, control both monetary and materialistic, harassment of sorts, lack of trust or repeated threats are common behaviors of manipulative adults. Children born to these parents usually:

  1. Lack confidence and self-esteem.
  2. Find it difficult to identify and control their emotions.
  3. Are more rebellious and argumentative in nature.
  4. Display varying degrees of depression and guilt.
  5. Have trust issues and feel victimized.
  6. Cut themselves from social circuits and prefer spending time alone.
  7.  Are indecisive & impulsive

Parents and caregivers yearning to make responsible adults must:

  1. Adopt the art of selective learning and not `always’ entertain tantrums.
  2. Respond to the teen’s misbehavior immediately
  3. Maintain work-life balance and give adequate time to the little one
  4. Provide emotional and financial security  
  5. Teach the child to play the game independently, make mistakes and seek solutions
  6. Give simple compliments for confidence building
  7. Reinforce positive attitudes and reward healthy habits.

Parenting is a delicate lifelong procedure with early years being the most crucial ones. Parents must set living examples and act as role models for their children. Modeling, also called observational learning is an effective technique as kids learn by imitation. As parents, build healthier and happier homes for children. Strike a perfect balance between being permissive and authoritative. Trust your kids, speak to them, love them and they’ll love you back. It’s that simple!

 

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