Start The Year Off Right!
Stop public displays of discipline
Are you a mother who lashes out at her child in the supermarket? If you're kid is acting up to get attention, this is a sure-fire way to give it her! Scolding, or worse, embarrassing your child in public won't discourage her bad behaviour or make her understand the consequences. Instead, tell your kid you are unhappy with her actions and resign yourself to dealing with the issue when you're out of the store, even if she's screaming along the way.
Expect the best
This tip from leading Australian parenting coach Michael Grose can help build respect and believe in your kids, and have them foster the same feelings for you. If kids know you think they'll screw up or act out, they're more likely to do it because they have nothing to lose. Expecting that they'll act appropriately will create a code of conduct children will want to abide by, both for themselves and for you.
Take care of yourself
Mums are busy people who often put others' needs before their own. Resolve to change that in the New Year, not just for you, but for your family. Taking care of yourself will help you make better decisions and parent better, says the Brisbane Times.
Do you often whinge about work or setbacks, put down other people or criticize your weight or appearance? Then you're teaching your kids the same habits and upping the chances they'll grow into unhappy adults. If you want to raise content, confident children, you must display these traits yourself, says Grose.
Start by monitoring what you say, ensuring that you speak more positively than negatively. Show love to your spouse and other relatives and friends and when confronted with a bad day or situation, express your feelings instead of flying off the handle. You'll pass these better coping skills onto your kids.
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