Elizabeth Hartley-Brewer and Cassandra Jardine have vital tips on being positive parents. The following are suggested panacea:
X BE IN CHARGE
Show that you are in charge by setting rules and boundaries. Children should not be given adults responsibilities.
You have the benefit of past experience. Use it wisely to guide them.
X SHARPEN YOUR LISTENING SKILL
Listen to their difficulties with non-judgmental ear. Appreciate that their problems,although they seem trivial to
you, can be very real to them. Help them work out solutions in a step-by-step way.
X CELEBRATE THEIR LITTLE ACHIEVEMENTS
Show enthusiasm and celebrate their achievements, no matter how small and share their passion where you can.
X PRAISE THEIR EFFORTS
Focus on efforts rather than results. Although results are important, acknowledge efforts your child has
made to improve or reach certain targets.
X BUILD THEIR CONFIDENCE
Boost their self-belief and self confidence by reminding them that you are their biggest fans,whatever they
X ENCOURAGE THEM IN THEIR PASSION
Encourage them to pursue their genuine ,legitimate and decent passion. When you don’t agree with them,you
only need to counsel them and show them the reason you don’t agree with them.