There is no absolute way of effective parenting. But there are few things that many of the most successful parents do. Here are some habits that the best parents develop. Children’s emotional skills, social skills, intellectual skills, are like a muscle. Parents can exercise or atrophy them. It’s parent’s responsibility to preserve the connection with their kids, to preserve the relationship, so that the kids can let go and become their own selves. Always remember that to be in your kid’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.
- Talk to your kids –
Average conversation length strongly correlates with children’s IQs and reaching ability.
- Read to your kids –
Studies show that children whose parents read to them for at least 20 minutes a day are as much as a grade level ahead of other kids by age 15.
- Let your kids play –
Play fosters executive function skills. Executive function is enhanced working memory, reasoning, task flexibility, problem solving and the ability to self-regulate.
- Limit your kids TV time –
Do you want your kids exposed to health risk? The average child watches 20,000 advertisements yearly. 34% of ads are for sugary cereals. TV overloads the visual part of the brain, destroying creativity.
- Foster the little artist –
Creativity is as much the confidence to create as the skills to be a creator.
- Snuggle up to your kids –
Touching, talking, rocking, and singing are nourishment for young children, laying the foundation for a healthy and well developed brain.
Remember that there are no perfect parents, and there are no perfect children, but there are plenty of perfect moments along the way.