Once you became a parent, you are opening a totally new chapter of your life. A lot of people say that being a parent is the most difficult job in the world. The role of the parent is a never ending cycle of love, care and patience. Being a parent is not supposedly an obligatory responsibility, it should be a willingness and passion to become one. Your children are your own blood; they are your own flesh so therefore you must value them more than you value yourself.
A lot parents really aim to be a great parents. They tend to read all the parenting books and guides on how to become one. As for me, being a parent comes naturally. It is something that you can do by just looking deep into your heart and reflect on your emotions.
So, how to become a great parent? Here are some key points that you should know about being a parent. They do deal with all the technicalities; they are just simple common sense that we sometimes forget.
As a parent you need to be a good role model to your children. As they grow up, they see their parents as their idols; they look up on them and believe that what their parents do is right. As a parent it is your primary role to lead your children to the path where they can have a good life and good future. Being a role model does not mean that you have to perfect, for perfection can sometimes lead to the disappointment of the parent and frustrations of the children. A good role model is letting your children create mistakes and as parent you need to guide them to make those mistakes as learning points of their life.
A great parent is a good disciplinarian. Sometimes you also need to impose rules and policies inside the house so that your children can grow into a good and responsible person. Imposed rules must not be too harsh yet must be strictly followed by everyone. Punishments should not include physical punishments but rather a deep conversation on why they are wrong and how not to repeat that mistake again. Being a parent also means being a good friend. Be a friend to your children so they will be comfortable talking to you about all the thoughts that they have in mind.
Above all, as a parent you need to make your children feel secured and loved. Assure them that no matter what happens you will always be there for them.