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The Top Five Parenting Attributes Most Experts Agree That Every Parent Needs to Know

The Top Five Parenting Attributes Most Experts Agree That Every Parent Needs to Know

The Top Five Parenting Attributes Most Experts Agree That Every Parent Needs to Know

The Top Five Parenting Attributes Most Experts Agree That Every Parent Needs to Know

 

“There is no such thing as a perfect parent. So just be a real one.”

-  Sue Atkins, parenting coach and television presenter.

 

Almost all expectant mothers worry obsessively about the health of their unborn baby: has my baby kicked enough today? Why did the doctor stare at the ultrasound for so long? Am I a bad mother because I insist on my morning coffee? Inevitably, we turn to the Internet for answers which may be dubious at best. The cycle of self-doubt can be never-ending, as mothers, by nature, are champion worriers.

As if worrying about your baby’s health isn’t enough, parenting decisions over the next eighteen years of your child’s life can be another source of concern. How do I create the right environment to ensure that my child becomes intelligent or loving or athletic or creative? What else can I do to make sure my child succeeds in life? How do I raise my child to become a healthy, productive, adult??

From psychologists, sociologists, child behavior specialists to other experts we found five important parenting attributes they all agreed on:

 

Be Yourself

Children look up to their parents and absorb everything they do like little sponges. This means that simply projecting good qualities and being patient can have a significant impact on your child. That said, you can’t be someone you are not, or force yourself to fit into a perception of what a “good parent” is like. This will only create more stress for you as at best, or cause you to resent our child at worst.

To be a happy parent and effectively communicate joy to your child, you need to love yourself first. If you like your job, then don’t attempt the stay-at-home lifestyle; if you want to travel, do so; if you need a break, check into a hotel for a night of Me Time. Love yourself, live your life, and serve as an exemplary role model for your child.

 

Give them Time

Children need quality time over quantity time. Some parents believe that if they work from home, then they must qualify as a  stay-at-home mom or dad. But if you’re on the computer or your phone the whole day, then you’re not fully engaged with your child, and that’s something closer to babysitting than parenting.

Children need their parents’ full attention. This doesn’t have to be all of your time,  time, but it certainly means listening to them without distraction, playing or undertaking activities with them. This time spent together is how a lasting bond is forged.

 

Trust your child ​

Studies suggest that over-protecting, also called “Helicopter Parenting,” your children can backfire in the long run. Shower your kids with love and affection but give them the tools to be independent. Treat your child with respect and teach them to be self-reliant. It is a trait that will help your little person for the rest of their life.

 

Manage Relationships and Stress 

Studies also indicate  that children are most impacted by two indirect factors: the relationship between the parents and how good the parents are at managing their own stress levels.

Children react adversely to fights and uncontrollable situations. They want people and them, especially the people they love, to get along. Remember, parents are the number one role model for their children, especially in their early, formative years. They will not only copy their parents’ behavior, but use their parents’ relationship as a template for their own relationships in the future.

 

Provide For Them

Good parents are also good providers. They not only take care of their children’s short-term physical well-being,  such as housing, healthcare and food, but also set them up for long-term success by ensuring access to quality education. Developing your child’s life skills is one of your most important roles as a parent.  

You can’t be the perfect parent, because the perfect parent doesn’t exist. There will be sleepless nights where you stare at the ceiling and wonder, “did I do that right?” It comes with the job.  Like everyone else, your child will have his/her share of disappointments, relationship problems, money crises, health issues or bad bosses. You can’t possibly shield them from life itself, but what you can do is make their childhood joyful, and give them the tools to be happy, healthy, productive adults.  

One of the ways expectant moms and dads can help their children is by taking care of their long-term health; they can do this by investing in cord blood banking with trusted partners such as Evercord. Based on the available treatment options today, the odds you may need a stem cell transplant by the age of 70 are 1 in 217. This number could change as research progresses and new diseases are added to the list, giving families even more reasons to bank at birth. The way medical science is evolving, it is possible that your baby’s cord blood could become a lifesaver for decades down the line.

Something worth considering, right?

 

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