The more research and exploration goes on regarding early childhood education, the same parenting has been becoming harder and challenging.
Children are born with natural abilities. They have the potential for growth and development socially, mentally, physical, emotionally and morally. So parents’ parental skills help them to grow faster because the millions of neurons in their brains become active if they are provided a good nurturing environment.
Therefore, parents’ parental skills need to be equipped with current knowledge, skills and attitudes in dealing with their children. They need to be aware of their physical, social, emotional and intellectual needs to deal accordingly. Here are few tips for effective parenting;
• Have a gentle positive approach to work with their children
• Provide nutritional food, including all groups of food
• Set a routine for breakfast, lunch, dinner, play & fun time, wash and bath time
• Have some time on weekends & vacations to give them exposure to the environment and people in a different environment
• Provide age appropriate toys and books
• Engage them in meaningful activities
• Develop a peaceful environment at home to develop their self esteem and self confidence
Children are great imitators. They form their behavior based on the pattern of behaviors that they come across in their daily life. They begin imitating the behavior of adults when they see them behaving in certain ways. In our real lives, we might have come across lots of examples, that when we have praised or scolded someone in front of children, they might have acted in the same way.
Therefore, it’s significant for parents and families to demonstrate a positive behavior in front of their children. For instance, when children talk or share their small successes or challenges, we ignore or node heads as we are listening but actually we don’t. This gives a message to the children that their point of view is not important. So they learn not to listen to others or ignore in the same way that they have come across.
In order, to promote a positive behavior, we need to reinforce the following behaviors;
1. Listen to children and respond according to their needs (social, physical, emotional and intellectual)
2. Praise for small successes and support in solving miner problems.
3. Give a big smile and hug
4. Talk politely and friendly
5. Say, ‘Thank you”, ‘please’ and ‘Excuse me’ when we receive or give something.
6. Avoid discussing others in front of children
If we follow these small rules, it will generate positive thoughts and images in children that will lead to generate a positive behavior in children.