As parents we find ourselves under a lot of stress, and we have to find ways to ensure that we do our everyday parenting duties to the best of our abilities.
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At the same time, if we want to develop ourselves we have to make time, or we’ve got to find another way to do it amid all the chaos.
Are there ways for you to use your everyday parenting duties to be a better parent? Let’s provide some key areas that you can use.
In one respect, it is probably already part of your health routine. But sometimes, we can find that we lean just a little bit too much on unhealthy takeaways. We’re only human!
But this means we don’t get our children involved in the kitchen as much. When it comes to cooking meals, perhaps it’s worth getting our children involved, which is crucial at an early age but also giving them the tools to cook for themselves can help them when they’re older.
As well as this, if you give them a diverse palette to choose from, they may not always choose the healthiest practices. But, if you have concerns they’ll end up reaching for the deep fat fryer, it’s about limiting their exposure to these unhealthy practices, perhaps buying an air fryer or teaching them to cook things in the oven could work.
Cooking meals is a part of what we do with our parents, but sometimes we find ourselves stretched our limits.
Providing A Safe Environment
Providing a safe environment so your child can think freely is crucial. It’s something that we think about in terms of physical boundaries but what we need to do to ensure that our child feels protected is provide that emotional security as well.
We can find ourselves stretched our limits, but what we need to do if we think it’s easier to say they shouldn’t do something is help them discover themselves in other ways, within a safe environment.
A safe environment is about emotional security and we can only do that by speaking to our children, and working with them.
A lot of us find that it’s just a little too much to sit down and have a conversation with our children, but we can provide a safe environment, not just by keeping them indoors, but by making them feel secure in the family relationship.
Giving Your Child An Education Outside Of School
Education isn’t just about taking them to school; education is something that we need to instil in them as well as ourselves.
Perhaps you didn’t enjoy school, and as you get older, the benefits of learning new things in your life become alluring. And this is something we need to instil in our children.
If you want to get your child to enjoy learning, remember, it’s not about forcing them to sit down and do their homework; it’s about giving them the tools to get everything they can out of the subject matter.
This isn’t just about sitting down and reading books, but it’s about giving them various opportunities to express themselves to find their passions, and to have that enthusiasm for learning.
Keeping Them Fit
We all know the benefits of some exercise, but the big problem we have as parents is that we don’t have the time to do it.
Keeping fit isn’t just about going for a quick walk once a month, but it’s about a daily practice that you can fit around your life.
If we want to be a better parent we need to teach our children the value of keeping fit. As such, we’ve got to find ways of working with our children, not just so they go for a boring run, but perhaps playing games with them that encourages them to run around.
You can take them to a dance class and you could do pretty much anything you want to do as long as it gets the heart pumping.
We have to remember that now, in the age of sedentary lifestyles, and unhealthy foods at every turn, keeping fit is, in one respect, the one way you can future proof your child from unhealthy habits.
Exercise does not have to be a boring thing. And this is something that we, as parents, have to think about as well. Keeping them fit and healthy is a learnt habit that they can take with them long after they’ve flown the nest.
Improving The Relationship Between You And Your Child
In our everyday practices, we can find that the everyday parenting duties becomes the priority, such as maintaining the house, cooking meals, and being a taxi service, but you can spend so many years in the presence of your child, and not really know them.
The importance of a positive relationship between mother and child is about learning to improve it and realising that it’s never too late.
Yes, we could very well have a moody teenager, but when we find ourselves faced with these issues, it’s important not to give up on them, or feel that we have got plenty of time to fix it. It’s about chipping away at the stone, and doing it as soon as possible.
You need to make it a priority, but also realise that the relationship you have with your child can play second fiddle to everything else. Before you know it, they’re 18, and they’ve gone.
We all feel that duties get in the way. As such, you have to use your everyday parenting duties, and find ways to fine-tune them so you are able to complete the tasks that you need to do but also be a better parent while you are at it.
It’s a long road, and it’s not something you can do overnight, but you have to realise that parenting is not just about the housework or being a taxi service.
It’s also about the emotional repercussions and providing a lot of inspiration to your child. Ultimately, they have learnt from you.