Thursday, March 5, 2009

7 Tips to Develop a Healthy Relationship with Your Child a.k.a. How to Get Along With Your Son

Father and son (Stock.xchng)
Getting along well with your child makes you happy and proud and likewise your child is also delighted to be close to you. Here are the top tips to cultivate a cordial partnership with your child:

1. Emotions and feelings: There will be time when your child is not happy and he expresses his frustrations and anger. Learn to understand his feelings and console him. Learn to respect his feelings and he will respect your feelings in return. Mutual respect will allow each other to know each other's needs.

2. Leaning: Play an active role in your child’s education. Monitor his progress in school. You can cultivate a learning environment at home by reading books instead of watching TV.

3. Guidance: Provide guidance for, especially, his actions and behavior. Play a role model for your child in areas like courtesy and social etiquette.

4. Love: Your care and concern for your child will create good feelings in him. Love begets love.

5. Positive Reinforcement: Avoid negative criticism. Catch him doing something right and praise him. This will boost his self-esteem and self-confidence. When he feels good about himself he feels good about the family.

6. Quality time: On a daily basis spend some quality time with your child. By being close to your child he will open up to you easily when he has a problem. There will be time when you don't play the role of a parent. You just want to have fun with your child and to enjoy a good time together.

7. Mutual respect: You son is watching you. When you make mistakes you admit you are wrong. When you have done something wrong you say sorry to him. You respect your child. Likewise, he will follow your good example and show his respect to you and others in return.

A happy family is made up of mutual respect and understanding of each other. This is the foundation for a long lasting relationship between you and your child.

Related Article: 7 Psychological Needs of Children

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