A strong parent-child relationship allows for a deeper connection and easier parenting. Gentle parenting works towards building this strong connection.
Everything in parenting comes down to the relationship a parent shares with their child. The better the relationship, the better their upbringing will be. Gentle parenting encourages parents to focus on their relationship with their children. The relationship between a parent and their child nurtures the physical, emotional, and social development of the child. All relationships and bonds are unique, meant for both parties to enjoy.
Why is Relationship Important for Gentle Parenting?
Your relationship with your child decides how your child will end up in the future. It benefits their social, physical, mental, and emotional health.
Loving parents create loving children. Children are sponges who soak up what is around them.
The evidence is real; relationship means everything when it comes to parenting. Gentle parenting encourages healthy relationships with others later in life. Children learn how to manage their emotions in hard situations or under stress appropriately. Children tend to be more confident in social situations. Also, children tend to be better problem solvers!
Positive parenting reminds us that children tend to misbehave more frequently when they feel bad about themselves and when they feel disconnected from their parents. Defiance is typically a relationship problem. If your child doesn’t accept your direction and tells you that they won’t listen to you, that means your relationship isn’t strong enough for the teaching. A power struggle may take place, so work on strengthening the relationship!
How Do We Foster Relationships Between Parent and Child?
It is never too late to work on your relationship with your child. Here are some tips to consider:
- Treat all interactions as a chance to connect and build a relationship with your child.
- Be firm and consistent with rules, boundaries, and consequences. Make sure your child understands these and remember to be consistent. You can set boundaries, but use empathy and identify the feelings that caused the action.
- Always acknowledge your child’s feelings and work towards understanding them. Their feelings are just as valid as yours!
- Encourage your child to come to you with their problems.
- Instead of punishment, look for a solution. You don’t want to demoralize your child, causing them to lose trust in you.
- Hug your child each day! Children feel loved, safe, and secure from their parent’s physical touch. Do more than hug your child. Hold their hands, maintain eye contact, rub their back, or anything else. Older kids may feel awkward, so be subtle with the physical affection.
- Remember to play and laugh together. Parenting may be serious, but you need fun times every day. It is how your child connects with you, and laughter relaxes you after a long time. Play games with your child, or build a Lego tower.
- Talk to your child. This is more than just telling them to put the dog outside or reminding them to brush their teeth. Make sure you have a real conversation with your child. Talk about their day, their friends, a book you read, and more. You will learn who your child is becoming.