The Importance of Parent-Child Relationship
Another week, another chance to celebrate people and things. This coming Sunday, it’s time for us to honor our first-hand teachers, the people who nurtured us, love us, and care for us--our parents.
Parents are among the most important people in our lives, specially in a child’s life. However, the word “parents” isn’t exclusive only to our biological mothers and fathers, but also other people who guided us all throughout our lives. During birth, children rely on their parents to get the love, care and attention they need to be happy, healthy and to grow and develop well.
Getting a difficult task done in work might feel fulfilling, but nothing is more fulfilling than having a job of being a parent.
Why is having a positive parent-childhood relationship important?
First and foremost, the parent-childhood relationship is the one that nurtures the emotional, social, and physical development of babies. It is the relationship that lays the foundation for a child’s personality, life choice, and overall behavior.
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It has a lot of benefits such as:
- Young children who grow with a secure and healthy attachment to their parents stand a better chance of developing happy and content relationships with others in their life.
- They are better at regulating their emotions when faced with stress and difficult situations.
- Promotes the child’s mental, linguistic and emotional development.
- Helps the child exhibit optimistic and confident social behaviours.
- Healthy parent involvement and intervention in the child’s day-to-day life lay the foundation for better social and academic skills.
- Children who have a secure and positive relationship with their parents learn essential skills and values that set them on the path for future success.
Warm, loving interactions
Children need reassurance more than adults, they need to constantly feel loved and secured. Make it a point to let them know you love them as they are growing up, no matter their age. Even amid disagreements and misunderstanding, make them feel that you love them unconditionally. Treat every interaction as an opportunity to connect with your child.
Have boundaries, rules & consequences
Children also need a lot of guidance and structure. Let them know and make them understand what you expect of them.
Listen and empathize with your child
We all have feelings, don’t invalidate your child’s feelings. Acknowledge their feelings and show them you understand them, at the same time reassure them that you are always there to help them if they have problems.
Assist and help your child to solve problems. When you work with your children to find solutions they learn how to deal with difficulties in an appropriate way. You children look up to you. As parents, you are your child’s role model.
Tips On How To Strengthen Parent-Child Relationships
Constantly express your love for your children
As we’ve mentioned earlier, children need reassurance more than adults, they need to constantly feel loved and secured. Make sure to always express your love and affection towards your child, let them know.
Play is so important to children’s development. Young children can develop many skills through the power of play. Playing is fun and at the same time can develop your relationship with your child, but it can also help children’s language skills, emotions, creativity and social skills.
Being stuck in busy schedules isn’t and should never be an excuse for not spending adequate time with your little one. Make time to talk to your child without any distractions, even 10 minutes a day can make a big difference in establishing good communication habits.
Eat meals together
Eating together as a family sets the stage for conversation and this can be a fun bonding activity, too. Avoid using any gadgets while on a dining table, be an example to your child.
Listen and empathize
Understanding, connection and communication start with listening. Try and see things from your child’s perspective and foster mutual respect.
Love + miracles,