Small decisions about how we are with our kids can make a big difference.
There’s no shortage of literature on parenting. It seems every one and their mother has a list of dos and don’ts for new parents, but sometimes it’s necessary to hear a reminder on why parents try so hard. The truth is that the decisions they make, even the small but difficult ones, can be hugely beneficial to kids later on. Based on this video of what parents of unsuccessful kids may have in common, here are 6 habits parents of successful kids probably share:
They encourage open communication.
More than setting rules, they explain their reasoning behind the rules in place, encouraging communication and understanding with their children.
They let their kids use technology in moderation.
Minimizing the use of technology at a young age can help children participate in school; excessive use of television and digital devices can make this difficult.
They discipline calmly.
When shouting gets out of hand, it can have negative impacts similar to those of physical discipline.
They allow their kids space to grow.
Allowing kids their space can positively influence their mental health later in life. Conversely, “helicopter parenting” has been linked to increased risk of anxiety and depression. Allowing kids their space teaches them to be more open to new ideas and more confident in themselves.
They are emotionally engaged.
Parents who are emotionally engaged with their kids teach their kids how to process their emotions effectively, which helps build their self-esteem and decreases their risk of suffering from behavioral and emotional difficulties.