Parenting

Positive parenting is very crucial in raising an adolescent and in teaching them the path towards a fulfilling life. Spending time with adolescents, talking to them, hearing them out, etc., constitute the various ways of positive parenting. Parent's involvement is crucial to ensure the overall betterment of the adolescent. However, it is of equal importance to ensure that this engagement does not amount to over-involvement from the parent's side. 
 
It is often said that the foundation of a bright future starts with positive parenting. Parents are the first point of contact for any child. Having a secure attachment between parent and adolescent encourages healthy development, builds resilience and has a positive impact on the brain development. It also helps foster empathy, honesty, self-reliance, self-control, kindness, cooperation, and cheerfulness.
 
Parents play an irreplaceable role in the lives of their children. This vital relationship positively impacts an adolescent's physical, mental, and emotional well-being. 
 
Few of the positive parenting tips are mentioned below: 
 
1.Spending quality time together even if it is for 15 minutes a day. 
2.Developing a friendly relationship with the adolescent, that is marked by trust and respect for each other. A friendly relationship helps to nurture the bonding between parents and adolescents. 
3.Being a role model and demonstrating desirable behaviours that will be learned by the adolescent.
4.Being honest and truthful. Speaking honestly and truthfully will be reciprocated back.
5.Having realistic expectations. Unrealistic expectations not only weaken the relationship between a parent and a child, but also hamper a child's self-esteem and self-image.
6.Offering genuine praise and appreciation whenever they make any effort. This will not only motivate them but also boost their confidence.  
7.Encouraging adolescents to explore a variety of activities and interests and find areas of their aptitude and expertise.
8.Teaching them to be responsible humans and citizens. Instilling a sense of right and wrong will help them a long way in becoming successful.
9.It is important to seek help from a professional in case the parent-child bond is weak, as this is the first step towards a healthy development of an adolescent. Positive parent-child relationships provide the foundation for positive and healthy adulthood and are an accurate indicator of overall development of the adolescent.
 
"At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child's success is the positive involvement of parents." - Jane D. Hull