STRENGTHENING PARENTS/CHILDREN RELATIONSHIP
In an era when parenting has become a big task especially to working class parents,bonds between parents and children is suffering a great loss.
We all understand that the economic realities put both mother and father out there to work in a bid to provide the basic amenities for their family and in most cases,the children seems to be at the receiving end.
As parents,we should strive not to sacrifice our relationship and bonds with our children because it leaves a lasting impression on them.
I do understand that parenting is not something that one can be perfect at but one should try to improve on it.
Strong family bonds is everything for the children,they feel protected, they develop a sense of belonging, it definately reflects on their academic abilities and most importantly makes them better adults.
To strengthen the parents/children bonds,parents should consider the following:
COMMUNICATION:We all should know that communication is one of the most important ingredients of every successful relationship and when it comes the parenting, the role of communication should never be undermined.
To develop that strong bond with your children, as a parent:
1. Do not be reserved or shy to talk about anything with your children.
2. Keep an open relationship with your children,make them free to talk about their feelings especially as teenagers.
3. Let your children be free and honest with you and let them be able to talk about the times that they have erred.
4. Pay attention to the minutest details when they are talking with you or discussing with each other.
5.Even when they do not approach you for a discussion,study them well and strike up a conversation. This makes them feel super-loved, they have an attentive parent.
6.Communicate with them when they are right or and wrong.Praise them and also scold them when they are wrong but do not forget to make them realise why they are being scolded.
7.Always listen with undivided attention when your young ones are talking to you.
8.You should try to avoid harmful communication practices such as yelling,criticising and blaming.
9. Strive to become your child’s number one confidant,yes it is possible.
10. Most importantly communicate with love.
I will stop here for now, join me again as I talk about another way with which you can strengthen the parent/children bonds.God bless.
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