SEVEN PARENTING TIPS (PART 1)
Guest post from Temiloluwa Francis-Adeshina, Lead Learning Office at READLAND.
To all parents, I salute you!!! A big well done to you all on this parenting journey.
When the purpose of a thing is not known, abuse is inevitable. God has a purpose for your child to fulfil even in his or her childhood. To live a purpose-driven life, getting on the right path early is very essential. Help your child answer the call early to be like Samuel or David in this generation.
🎯TIP 1 – CONNECTION TO GOD
First of all, I would like to state that raising and training children is not a day’s job. Neither is it a per-time duty.
We are in dangerous times and we have to protect our children. That’s why the greatest key and weapon I have raised my children with is a connection to the one who owns them, which is God. Their father & I are caretakers.
From childhood, we have taught them to pray by taking turns in the morning and before bed at night, they read the Bible & a psalm.
It has become a big-time habit. Dey can recite many Psalms now.
🎯TIP 2 – MAKE AFFIRMATIONS A LIFESTYLE.
Another weapon and habit we have consciously allowed to grow with them is Affirmations. Some years ago, we called it Confessions in our house. At that time, we insisted that the children repeat certain positive words while taking their baths.
I can boldly say that now they are older, they know bathing time is affirmation time and that whoever is bathing them adds other positive words for them. Now we call them affirmations.
🎯TIP 3 – MAINTAIN A BOND WITH YOUR CHILDREN.
One other thing that my husband and I intentionally do is to ensure we create a strong bond with our children.
I don’t trade with my being physically available as often as possible. Thank God I am an author, I do most of my work in the house but most times when I have outings on weekends, they go along with me. So I try to listen to them, I usually probe them with questions of my own and give comfort when needed, especially when they come back from school and haven’t had a great day. I provide them comfort when they are hurt or upset.
One of the benefits derived from being available for my children is that we have built a stronger bond of trust. One day my first daughter came out of the room with a broken decoration and she said, “Mummy, I am sorry, I broke it some time ago but I hid it”