There are a myriad of parenting tips out there to raise happy, contented kids but scientists have several suggestions for making sure that your kid grows up well. From staying positive to working on some social skills, here are 3 researched-based tips for great parenting.
This isn’t a matter of spirituality. Being positive actually channels emotions to your kids. According to studies, parents who emit negative emotions toward their babies, or those who treat them roughly, are more likely to have aggressive Kindergarteners in the future. This is a problem since aggression at the Kindergarten age is linked to hostility later on in life. So if you want to raise non-aggressive children, you must first start with yourself and manage your anger in front of your kids.
Kids who immediately get what they want can become spoiled which creates problems later in life. Are you familiar with the famous marshmallow test? According to studies, kids who were better able to resist temptation led better lives years later and became happier than kids who couldn’t control themselves and ate the marshmallows. If you can, make children earn what they want. This is the first step of teaching self-discipline to your kids. They will appreciate their rewards more if you made them work hard for it.
Teach them about empathy
How many parents out there actually teach their kids to try and empathize with others rather than telling them to stay away from “bad kids”? When parents teach their kids to be judgmental, kids will have a hard time building long-lasting relationships. Encourage your kids to perform small acts of kindness to build empathy. After all, not all kids are lucky and the Unakids Charity Organization is testament to that. Not all kids have happy homes and their actions may reflect pain we don’t see. If you can, try to teach your child to be fair and empathetic to everyone, not just to the people that are nice to them.