How to Be a More Engaged Parent

How to Be a More Engaged Parent

Being a parent is one of the greatest experiences you’ll ever have, but it’s also one of the most difficult. Raising kids is a full-time job, and in addition to your responsibilities outside of the home, it can be easy to feel a little disengaged from time to time. Luckily, this feeling doesn’t have to be permanent. By learning to be more engaged, you can make the most out of time with your children and create memories you can all enjoy for years to come. Keep reading for tips on how to be a more engaged parent.

1. Practice Your Active Listening Skills
As it suggests, active listening simply means completely concentrating on what a person is saying as opposed to just hearing them. Learning this skill can help you better engage with your children because it will allow you to be more present in each conversation. Whether your child wants to talk about their day or come to you for advice, actively listening will help deepen your bond and create a new level of trust.

2. Do Homework Together
Staying in the loop with your child’s education is very important. One of the best ways to do that is to take time every day (if possible) to sit down and help your child with their homework. This time will give you a chance to get a peek at what’s going on inside the classroom and allow you to support your child’s learning. If your child isn’t old enough for school yet, you can use this time to read them a story instead.

One day the time will come for your child to grow up and head off to college. When this day does come, you want your child to be able to come to you for advice and guidance. If you have been present in your child’s life, both physically and emotionally then they will more likely ask you to be involved in their adult life. If your child does come to you for advice on what to study or which college to attend then you could take some time and do a college search together. This will give both you and your child a better understanding of where they might be able to attend.

3. Leave Work at Work
With technology making people accessible around the clock, it’s becoming harder and harder to leave work at the office. Although checking your email during dinner may seem like the norm, it can actually keep you from being engaged with your children. Avoid bringing work home whenever possible so you can avoid being distracted. Make sure that when you’re eating a meal, watching a TV show, or just spending downtime with your children, you’re completely tuned in to what they’re saying and aren’t distracted by other priorities.

4. Do Chores Together
Looking for a way to spend quality time with your child while also staying productive? Doing chores together is the perfect way to accomplish both of those goals. According to House Method, you can be more engaged with your children by letting them help you with big home improvement projects or completing chores together. Doing things around the house with your child will show them that chores don’t have to be a bad thing. You can also use this time to teach your child how to handle new responsibilities.

5. Wake Up Early
You’re probably wondering how getting less sleep could possibly make you a more engaged parent, but you’d be surprised. By waking up early, you allow yourself to have more control and more time to get ready for the day. Instead of rushing around the house trying to get ready, you can use this time to eat breakfast with your kids and make sure they have everything they need for the day. Of course, if you’re not a morning person this one may be a little tough.

Becoming a more engaged parent isn’t something that will happen overnight. But once you establish strong habits, you’ll see a positive change in your relationship with your child and other family members.


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