Parenting skills can sometimes be “on the job training,” regardless of the number of parenting books we read. Sure, there are the everyday (sometimes comical) parenting faux-pas that we all make from time to time. However, parenting can give rise to more self-reflection than any other job in the world, and for good reason. To those little ones sitting across from you at the dinner table, your every move is a learning experience. Now that the pressure is on, we want to assure you that part of being a positive role model is demonstrating that nobody is perfect, but it’s how we tackle our messy days that defines us! Here are some tips for modeling the behavior you hope your children will adopt as they grow and mature.
Teach Your Kids Gratitude
By your own actions, you have the opportunity to teach your kids a skill that can bring them a lot of happiness in life, even when things get tough. We’re thankful every day for our children. When we tell them what makes them special to us, our example shows them that gratitude applies to more than material things. A great way to get into the habit of practicing gratitude is by making lists of anything that you and your family are grateful for!
Teach Kids to Be in the Moment
A deep breath and three to five minutes to relax, quiet your mind, be present, and just focus can do wonders for anyone’s day. You can encourage your kids to engage in this habit by demonstrating it yourself! Once they are old enough, they will ask what you are doing and most likely want to be part of the activity. This can come in handy during a stressful situation or simply when going from one daily task to the next.
Help Your Kids to Find their Passions and Do What They Love
Everyone feels happier when succeeding at— or working toward getting better at— things that they genuinely love to do. It is important for children to explore new things in order to figure out what they love, but you should always trust what they naturally tend toward and encourage them to pursue it. This helps kids determine what is worth doing—a skill that is important for us all to master. Life is an enjoyable ride when we do what we love.
Be Mindful of Your Negative Emotions and Behavior
It’s really about perspective of a situation rather than what is actually going on. Sometimes it’s tempting to wallow in self-pity (or anger, or any other negative emotion), but we should remember that it’s more productive and enjoyable to focus on the positives that we might be missing—and no, there’s nothing wrong with a moment alone to regroup in the other room. Demonstrating this to our kids will teach them resilience and help them lead happier lives. Get into the habit of starting each day with a positive outlook or saying like, “no matter what the day brings, we will succeed and be happy!”
Written by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the Woombie Baby Swaddle
Karen has been an RN for 22 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.
Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.
Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a million babies and counting!
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