The definition of good parenting is something that varies based on near-endless factors. The decision to actively parent, however, requires intention and thought.

Positivity

Positivity is an integral aspect of parenting. Acting negatively around children can both create insecurity within children and draw wedges in your relationship. The understanding that young children predominantly do not intend to cause harm is essential, for the unnecessary negativity of harsh discipline can be highly detrimental to children.

Support

Some parents struggle to support their children unconditionally. Often this reflects the parenting they received and the way it made them feel during their adolescence. Truthfully, the best route to take is to allow our children to believe that they can do anything they aspire to and support their ambitions unconditionally. Parents who limit their children’s prospects or force children into a particular avenue of thought do not allow their children true freedom to discover their happiness. As a result, children may grow resentful of the way they have been forced to act.

Discipline

Despite this, it is essential to introduce routine and discipline to our children. Routine and discipline allow for rationality and clarity in thinking and provide the children with a system to work with within which they can hope to improve themselves and gain skills. Children who face too much discipline growing up often fail to trust their parents and grow secretive about their actions. Children who grow up with harsh punishment are more prone to acting out or rebelling blatantly once they are allowed greater freedoms. On the other hand, children who lack discipline and routine sometimes fail to develop motivation or a desire for growth. They do not see how growth and personal development can be so effective within a common framework. 

Love

Many will agree that love is an essential part of parenting. Without any other influence, we should find that love drives us to try and be the best parent we can. Our love for our children should inspire us to teach them, and in doing so, we should feel that they will learn how to behave right and treat others with love. Openly showing love and affection to children helps them be rounded and enables them to feel accepted, trusting, and happy.

Guided Meditation

Guided meditation as a skill practised by parents allows us to work out and align our views with what we wish to teach our children. It can be hard to establish a set of rules or a mantra that supports our whole family and allows them to grow into well-rounded individuals. Fundamentally, we know about ourselves and the positivity we breed within ourselves, enabling us to be a successful parent who passes on positive traits to the next generation. Establishing love and grounding within ourselves is essential to allowing ourselves to teach our children such lessons, which can be achieved through guided meditation.

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