As a millennial parent, navigating the challenges of parenthood can feel overwhelming at times. It’s natural to feel like you’re figuring things out as you go, but did you know that there’s a wealth of knowledge and experience just waiting for you to tap into? That’s right! We’re talking about the elders in your life – the grandparents, great-aunts, and uncles who have raised their own children and have a lot of insights and advice to offer.
Here are 15 tips and suggestions from older generations that can help millennial parents raise happy, healthy, and well-adjusted children. From opening the lines of communication with your children to learning to take care of yourself, as well, these are tried and true methods that have stood the test of time. So, let’s get started!
Giving your child your full attention when you’re spending time with them is priceless. As the old adage goes: “The days are long, but the years are short.” Put down your phone and enjoy watching your child go down the slide for the 37th time. They are only young once.
Having an established routine helps your children feel secure, as well as making your life as a parent easier. These routines can be as simple as having a set bedtime, set story time, and a certain time to do chores.
Your child is fully capable of handling age-appropriate responsibilities, as well as making small decisions on their own. It makes them feel good about themselves and teaches them to be independent in the meantime!
As a parent, you want your children to come to you with problems they have or even just be able to talk candidly with you. Make sure they have your full attention. This will open the lines of communication and they will feel heard and validated.
BE A ROLE MODEL
Be sure to set a good example for your child. Children learn by imitating others, so you will want to be a good role model that will make you proud when your child imitates you.
You can’t pour from an empty cup. Taking care of yourself physically, emotionally, and mentally will help you be the best parent you can be.
Utilize the nifty calendar in your phone or even use a paper day planner to keep track of appointments, school schedules, and other important dates. This will reduce stress when you have everything written down and know exactly what is going to happen and when.
Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty! Get creative with your child and give them opportunities to explore their interests. This will allow them to express themselves, which is important for development.
Along with physical touch, such as hugs and kisses, which help children feel loved and secure, the words “I love you” go a long way. Actions may speak louder than words at times, but sometimes those words are just as important.
Reading with your child is a great way to bond with them, as well as improve their language skills. It not only helps them explore their world, but other worlds as well! Imagination is extremely important.
Patience is a virtue. We know that parenting can be challenging but try to be patient with your child. They are newer to this world than you are! And don’t forget to keep a sense of humor!
You want your child to know what is expected of them and inconsistency can be confusing to them. Always be consistent, whether it is with rules, discipline, or rewards.
LEAD BY EXAMPLE
This goes back to being a good role model. You want to set a good example for your child by being honest and treating others with kindness and respect. Your children will follow your lead.
TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF
If you have a partner, be sure to take time to reconnect with them. Once you have children, it’s easy to let their schedules get in the way. Remember the person you had the child with? They are still going to be there when your children have moved away. If you are parenting alone, it is important to find ways to schedule time for yourself.
When it comes to parenting, one size does not fit all. Be open to different parenting styles and consider what may work best for you and your family.
The wisdom and advice from older generations can be a valuable resource for millennial parents. Whether it’s about setting boundaries, fostering open communication, or simply creating a loving family environment, tips and suggestions from the older ones in your life can help you, the modern-day parent, navigate the ups and down of parenthood with confidence and ease.
By incorporating these tried and true methods into your own parenting style, you’ll be well on your way to raising happy, healthy, and well-adjusted children who are ready to tackle the world. So don’t be afraid to reach our to the elders in your life and ask for their insights and advice. You never know what valuable lessons they may have to share!
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