When it comes to positive parenting, one thing’s for sure – every child’s unique and receives love according to their special needs and personalities.
These little humans are navigating their way through this crazy world. Our mission as parents is to understand, nurture and guide them as we raise them.
Of course, allowing room for mistakes as we will make them and fumble along the way.
That being said, as I continue to raise my nearly five-year-old son, these are the lessons that I’ve allowed to lead me along the way.
1. Quality Time Is What Matters The Most
Children don’t ask for too much. In fact, you’ll find that the amount of gratitude that fills their heart – when you put all distractions aside and divert even just an hour of play-time – will mean everything to them.
Of course, cool toys and fun places for them to play are also a great idea, but understanding that your time and attention means the world to them will build your relationship with your little one in the most amazing way.
2. Patience, Patience, Patience
Our children have feelings and emotions, the same way adults do. But, they may not know how to “simmer” them down to a level that we’re able to. Yes, we are going to lose our tempers, and there are moments where we get frustrated, but taking a moment to let them go through these emotions and then allowing them to explain why they are frustrated will help them understand their own emotions.
3. Take The Necessary Breaks
There probably isn’t a more demanding role that I have had to play in my life. I’m now fully aware that in order for me to be the best parent that I aspire to be, I have to take some time away from my son. If the support is there, please don’t be afraid to reach out to loved ones when you need to.
4. Be Creative With Playtime
The beauty of the day that we live in, is that there’s so much readily available information on the Internet. Many creative ways that children can explore their imagination. Fun DIY play ideas to keep them learning and entertained.
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5. Go Outside
We are living in times that have allowed us to be comfortable with giving our children screens, to distract, educate and take their boredom away. It’s so important to counter that with hours outside. Allowing them to get dirty, discover and play the way that we used to, when we were younger.
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Most importantly, just remember that positive parenting is all about doing the best that you can. As long as you are striving to be a better parent to your little superhumans consistently. Breathe, you’ve got this, and remember that unconditional love is the main thing that our children ask for.
Do you have any more positive parenting tips to share? Leave us a comment below.