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4 Ways I’m Learning to Be a Better Parent

It’s hard to believe but I’ve been a mom going on 9 years and I’m still a work in progress.  Parenting is tough enough and no child is the same; while one of your kids might be soft-spoken and gentle, another might be rambunctious and easily excitable.  It’s is a never-ending cycle and one we can achieve together.

4 Ways to Be a Better Parent
4 Ways I'm Learning to Be a Better Parent

  1. Listen to what your child has to say
    I am not judging but do you tend to tune out what your child says?  Yes, kids tend to have a lot to say. I’m trying my best to listen to what my girls has to say. Even when they’re sharing the same joke, they’ve shared countless times over. I’ve noticed that when I pay attention to the little things, as they get older, they will feel comfortable coming to me with the bigger challenges that they might be facing.
  2. Remember that nobody is perfect
    We all make mistakes as parent, and that’s okay. The key is to learn from your mistake and not dwell on it. So shutdown your inner critic and instead remember the areas of parenting that you excel in, let that be the catalyst to help you improve.
  3. Have fun with your kids
    Turn off all distractions and simply have fun with your child. They’re only young once, so make the most of these precious few years. I am letting go of my inhibition and embracing my inner child. If that means, dressing up as Princess Leia while singing off-key at the top of my lungs, so be it.
  4. Resist the urge to compare and judge
    Theodore Roosevelt said it best, “Comparison Is the Thief of Joy”. No family is the same, so it can be incredibly damaging to your relationship if you compare your family to others. We all have our own way of parenting but the bottom line is, we all love our kids. So from attachment parenting to free range parenting, working moms to stay-at-home moms, there is a common denominator and that’s LOVE and our desire to raise happy and healthy children.

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Kira is the founder of award-winning lifestyle blog focused on family, tech, fashion, beauty, food, fitness, and travel. Prior to launching The Afropolitan Mom, she was a marketing executive in the technology industry. She lives in the suburb of NJ with her husband and two kids. When she's not on carpool duty or scrolling through Insta, she spends time adding items to her shopping cart while binge-watching shows on Netflix!

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Angela Santomero

    August 4, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Well said Kira! I don’t know what it is about becoming an adult & losing the ability to listen, but it’s a common issue for many parents. I’m also happy to see you include FUN in your list, because we all simply want to be happy, no?

    Enjoy your summer

    xo
    Angela Santomero
    http://angelasclues.com/
    creator: Blue’s Clues, Daniel Tiger’s
    Neighborhood, Super Why!, etc.

  2. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    August 4, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    I think it’s easy to forget that none of us are perfect. But we’re not – thanks for the reminder.

  3. Stephanie R

    August 4, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    These are really great tips. Sometimes it seems like we get caught up in the everyday buzz and we forget to just listen.

  4. Heather lawrence

    August 4, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    I have been a parent for over 20 years and I am still learning to be a better parent… each new phase brings new experiences and new challenges. Thankfully my kids know I’m learning right along with them.
    Try not to stress over it.. no one has it all together and those that claim they do are lying!

  5. Lynsey

    August 4, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Sixteen years of being a parent here and I still wonder if I am doing it right LOL But you know – I bet my mother would say the same thing. 🙂

  6. Jamie

    August 4, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Great tips!! There are always new things that we can all try!! My son just started high school, and now we’re learning a whole different side of parenting! :/

  7. Alicia

    August 4, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    These are very good points. Thanks so much for the post. I am gonna keep this one in my favorites.

  8. Melissa

    August 4, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    These are great things to remember. I feel like I learn something each day.

  9. Liz Mays

    August 4, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    I really like the listening advice. They know when you’re doing it fully engaged or not too.

  10. Crystal

    August 5, 2015 at 2:26 am

    Being a parent is hard work! These are all great reminders. I need to devote more undistracted time to having fun.

  11. Jennifer H

    August 5, 2015 at 8:17 am

    These are great reminders. I need to turn off distractions more!

  12. Allison

    August 5, 2015 at 9:56 am

    These are all such valuable lessons! I think that we are always learning ways to better ourselves each passing year!

  13. Crystal

    August 5, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    I’ve been a mom for almost 12 years now and I could still use the tips and reminders. There’s always something new to learn or work on.

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