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Does Your Behavior Affect Your Child?

Does Your Behavior Affect Your Child?

Children are constantly listening to and learning from those around them. They learn behavior from their parents, their teachers, their babysitters and their friends. In many cases, children are surrounded by parents and family during more hours in the day than by anyone else. In this way, a parent’s’ behavior is most likely to affect a child.

Here are five lessons parents and family can teach through their own actions:

1. How to handle stress.

We all have moments in our homes when we are thrown off-guard by a sudden danger or accident. In these moments, a parent may not react in a thoughtful or premeditated way. However, if you set up a policy of calm behavior around your child, no matter the circumstances, you can help build confidence and a calm demeanor within your young one.

2. How to treat those they love.

No matter how much you love your partner, your family or your child, there will be times when they challenge your undying love and support. Think about how you handle these types of situations. You may need to keep the heated conversations out of earshot of your children, or you may want to include your child in calm, serious discussions. No matter how you decide to sort out serious moments, be sure to show your love and affection to your child, your family, and your partner.

3. What to do in social situations.

Bringing your child on errands with you can add time to those errands. However, they can also teach valuable lessons. A recent article written by a harried mother demonstrated this. To paraphrase, she stood in line at Target with her two children and watched as a patient employee helped an older woman pay for her groceries in change. The mother’s first reaction was to become annoyed, but then she realized how her child was watching the young man and realized this moment was teaching her daughter to treat others with respect and empathy.

Instances like this teach children how to act in society, which is invaluable as they grow up.

4. What is expected.

In today’s society, “over-achiever” has become a bad word. However, there is nothing wrong with creating high expectations and informing your child that you expect him or her to meet them. The important part of this is to actually treat your young one as if it were a given that they will meet those expectations and provide them with a hearty acknowledgement when they do.

Setting expectations and assuming your child will not meet them is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Instead, set expectations and help your child exceed them through your encouragement and feedback.

5. How to take responsibility for their own actions.

We see things like publicly shaming children on the internet – and there are those that feel this is the right action while others simply do not. Instead of performing drastic punishments, try these simple steps:

  • Create a set of standards that your child knows and understands.
  • Talk to your youngster if they violate these standards.
  • Demonstrate responsibility yourself. If you do wrong and your child points it out, own your mistake.
  • Encourage your own child to do the same.

Here at Delphi Academy of Boston, we work to empower our students while educating them on ethics, integrity, and building competence. We work with parents as a team to help their child reach their full potential.

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