7 Ways Parents Can Grow Alongside Their Children
3 min read·Sep 7
Sending our kids back to school can be a sigh of relief for parents, as we hope for their safety and an amazing school year ahead. While our children embark on a journey of learning and growth, let’s also consider how we, as parents, can nurture our own personal development and enhance our relationships with our children to create stronger connections. Drawing from our extensive experience working with parents, teachers, and children, here are six ways to enhance your social-emotional parenting skills:
Practice Empathy and Social-Emotional Skills:
Social-emotional skills encompass self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, social awareness, and relationship skills. These skills aren’t just for children, they are crucial for adults too. Empathy, in particular, plays a pivotal role in building strong parent-child relationships. Take time to understand your child’s feelings and emotions, responding with kindness, patience, and understanding. This creates a safe and nurturing environment where your child feels valued.
Understand Your Child’s Perspective:
“Parents just don’t understand!” To connect on a deeper level and build trust, make an effort to understand your child’s perspective. Instead of dictating what they should do or think, ask questions and listen actively. Even if you don’t always agree, giving them space to express themselves helps tailor your parenting style to their unique needs.
Explore Different Parenting Styles:
Recognize that we all have varying parenting styles influenced by culture, environment, and our own upbringing. Are you authoritarian, permissive, democratic, or a mix? Each style has its strengths and weaknesses, so adapt your approach to suit each child’s personality and needs.
Empower with Affirmations:
Positive affirmations from parents can boost a child’s confidence, self-esteem, and sense of worth. Strengthen the parent-child bond by creating trust and security through affirmation. Teach your children to affirm themselves, helping them identify empowering traits and characteristics that they can draw strength from, even when nobody else is around. Consider purchasing an Affirmation deck to draw from as needed!
Nurture Their Gifts and Encourage Passions:
Every child possesses unique gifts and talents. As a parent, it’s your role to identify, nurture, and develop these talents by providing opportunities for exploration. Take a genuine interest in your child’s passions, even if they differ from your own. This provides a chance for both you and your child to grow and learn.
Grow Your Community of Trust:
Building a strong community of supportive adults can offer invaluable resources and emotional support in raising your child. Encourage open communication with teachers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and other trusted adults. The more people who love and support your children, the more they learn about healthy relationships.
Exposure and Experiences:
Exposing children to diverse experiences, cultures, languages, foods, music, art, and sports is essential for their development. These encounters foster empathy, tolerance, and open-mindedness, enriching their social and emotional skills. Additionally, exposure to books, museums, and educational resources fuels a love for learning and broadens their worldview.
In conclusion, growing and learning alongside your child is a remarkable journey. While parents may not always be perfect, our commitment to self-improvement, adaptability, and creating positive parenting experiences is key. Embrace the process and find joy and inspiration in the beautiful journey of parenthood.
Your Parent Ally,