Parents are a child’s first and most influential teacher, from the time of conception, a child observes everything the parents do. They observe the way that you interact with them, yourself and others.
It’s very easy to slip into the trap of projecting your feelings, wishes, and desires on your child because it comes out of a place of concern and wanting the best for them, however, this can sometimes be a catalyst for hampering the quality of a parent-child relationship.
Understanding what your goal is as a parent is for your child works almost like a compass, it gives you direction in the way that you bring your child up. It helps you understand whether your actions, words, and behaviors towards your child will work towards your goal or against it.
Creating a bond of trust between you and your child cultivates a beautiful parent-child relationship. This can be done by showing your child that you are actively listening to them. Active listening is showing your child that you are hearing and understanding what they are saying, this can be done by:
- Making eye contact, asking them questions related to what they are sharing, nodding your head while they speak
- Ask them about their day, ask them to share things that they enjoyed, what they liked about the experience and so on. Doing this for your child shows them that you care about what they have to offer – explicitly and implicitly.