We all know that parenting isn’t easy. Today’s parents have been seeking out more comprehensive support systems in response to today’s parenting challenges. Often, that support includes a parenting coach. Parenting coaches are a subset of life coaches, who are certified with the requisite experience to help any parent find the best parenting style for their family. Parenting coaches can help parents develop a better relationship with their children, one that creates an environment conducive to a higher level of success. Here are some good relationship tips for parents and their children:
1. Chat With Your Spouse
Talking with your spouse is the first thing you should do when deciding on how you want to raise your child. It is important that you and your spouse are on the same page. In addition to better chemistry with your child, you’ll also have better support for reaching your shared goals.
2. Act As A Role Model You’d Want Your Child To Follow
Sometimes, it can be difficult for a parent to figure out the exact nature of their relationship with their children. While it is easy to try and be your child’s best friend, you sometimes must teach critical lessons and impart special values, such as honesty and generosity. Since parents typically mimic the behavior of their parents, especially at a very young age, you should think of yourself as a role model for your children. That means consistently embodying the values that you want your child to take on.
3. Plan Activities Without Electronics
In today’s digital age, it is easy to get distracted by electronics. Loving moments can be easily eschewed by a tablet or a smartphone. Make sure that you put down the electronics—and that your kids do too—when you are spending time together. Sharing affection with your children comes by giving hugs, high fives, and cuddles that will make them feel appreciated and connected to you. Try reading a book with your child or doing an activity with them, such as a sport.
4. Build A Support System
This one is critical. Parents can get stressed out, and being a parent is a full time job. You aren’t going to have the answers 100 percent of the time, so make sure that you have a support system that includes people that you can confide in and get advice from. Your support system might include parents, close friends, or professionals.
5. Take Some Time For Yourself
This tip goes hand in hand with the last one. Although you never get a break from being a parent, you can make time for yourself to decompress. Make sure that you don’t get too stressed out—everyone needs to relax and feel at ease from time to time!
Regina Fasold is a seasoned Executive Coach and Leadership Expert. Her extensive professional background and her 10+ years of experience as a Global Executive Coach have allowed her to assist over 300 senior executives in corporations throughout the United States and in over 25 countries around the world.