A large part of your role as a parent is to provide for your children’s basic needs and this may range from food and clothing, shelter, to emotional and psychological necessities such as safety, love, and healthy environment. But such a very important role is not limited only to providing the basic needs. Another important role is that of being a teacher.
Parents can easily become effective teachers for their children because they are the ones who very well know of their children in the first place. How very often this other special role of a parent gets neglected or ignored in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The following are ten ways on how parents can become effective teachers as well:
- Parents should be choosing their words in such a way that can lead to building up collaboration. Collaboration is important because it’s one of the key ingredients of families that run smoothly and with a high degree of cooperation. Each time your sons and daughters see or observe you collaborating with others, you were able to reinforce the importance of connection.
- Parents should learn how to integrate principles and ideas into conversations with their kids in a natural way. This can be achieved through paying close attention to the way your kids are hearing you. Learning to switch channels is also one of the requirements.
- Parents must be eager students themselves as well. Considered by many as one of the most important, one way to become the most effective and interesting teacher is to become an eager student. When you’re going to teach other people, you tend to learn what you’re teaching exceptionally well because you’re required to think through an idea carefully enough to be able to explain it.
- Parents should be teaching the principles, when expecting their sons and daughters to act with conscience toward their community, underlying such social commitment early in their lives.
- Parents should teach their children how to think. If you’re teaching your kids how to think in ways that build their self-confidence, you’re empowering them to meet the challenges of their growing up into adolescent and adult ones.
- Parents need to consider making mistakes as teaching opportunities. Mistakes are a part of everyone’s life, but to turn these mistakes into teaching opportunities are something else.
- Parents have to teach their children to be more socially aware, by which to also include the code of social communication; it is one way they can find opportunities in providing a positive example at family gatherings, special occasions, holidays, and so on and so forth. By the time parents demonstrate social interest as well as a social conscience, they reinforce an attitude toward others that can give their sons and daughters the best chance to be leaders.
- Parents need to make their children know what it is that their families stand for. Every family needs a compass, and that’s the role of a family’s core values. How to apply your core values to skills like teaching, collaboration, and so on, requires that you need to think creatively.
- Parents need to teach their kids how to give compliments. When your son or daughter is saying something nice to you, tell him or her how happy it makes you feel. You may then start asking him or her to also comment positively on other children he meets along the way, in the streets, or peers in the neighborhood.
Saying something nice to other people is one way to recognize something good about them. It is also one of the best of ways to promote camaraderie and friendship.
- Teach your children the importance of perseverance. When parents persevere in teaching and encouraging their children to learn every positive aspect of what they’re trying to impart to them, it would be easier for these children to absorb their parents’ care and guidance.