Easy Ways to be a Hands-On Parent


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There’s no greater accomplishment than raising a child and watching them become successful adults. However, raising well-rounded children is an ongoing process. Even if you already have one, raising the second one may be easier, but it’s still no different than your first. For first-time parents, you may be having a hard time figuring out how you can be a great role model for your little one. Here’s how you can be a good parent and raise your children correctly.

Financially Prepare

If there’s one thing about children that’s important to point out, it’s that they’re investment. Not just physically or emotionally, but financially as well. They are very expensive to raise, which needs to be considered. From clothing and diapers to baby food and renovating a nursery, it’ll be much easier to raise yours if you have the appropriate funds ahead of time.

If you don’t earn enough at your current job, you do have alternatives at your disposal. A great way to get some fast cash is if you decide to sell your policy and utilize a life settlement. A life settlement is when you sell a life insurance policy to a third-party buyer who pays you a percentage of the initial value. Furthermore, this buyer will become the new recipient of the death benefits attached to it. You can then use the money to set up a savings account for your children.

Teach Empathy

Money isn’t all that’s required to raise a child or to be a good parent. You also need to instill positive and ethical values. One of these values is empathy. Empathy is when you can understand the way a person feels. It’s how people make themselves more emotionally vulnerable. There are many things to teach children when they’re young, but empathy is definitely a priority.

It’s not uncommon to see a few horror stories about children being uncaring and downright mean to others. This usually stems from a lack of parenting, at least when it comes to young children. As the parent, you’re responsible for helping to become the person they’ll be in the future. You can help them understand this concept better by asking them how they feel, offer ways for them to be empathetic and even show it to your child. They learn by example, so if they see you being kind and caring about others, they’ll follow suit.

Be a Good Role Model

Acting in a manner that supports how you would want your child to act is a quick parenting skill that you can practice every day. Out of everyone in your child’s life, you’re the one they look up to the most. They’ll even mimic some of your behaviors. This is why it’s essential you always treat people with kindness, are polite and are well-tempered around others. Acting out in rage and being rude to people in front of your child could teach them to do the exact same. If your child has bad habits at a young age, it could potentially worsen once they go into their teen years.

 

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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