Times have changed a lot when it comes to parenting. The way in which we parent tends to be vastly different to how our parents brought us up. Of course, we’re all entitled to parent in our own why. However, while that’s all well and good, there are some methods of parenting that our parents used, that we should consider using.
Although times have changed, that doesn’t mean that the principles of parenting that were used 50 years ago aren’t relevant. So, with that in mind, below are some examples of parenting methods that were popular 50 years ago, and could still work well today.
Put the needs of the entire family first
50 years ago, most families would put the needs of the entire family first. Instead of focusing on the individual needs of each family member. Of course, you want to do everything that you can to make your children’s lives as happy and comfortable as possible. However, that doesn’t have to mean pandering to their every need. As a parent, you also need to make time for yourself. Because if you don’t take time out for yourself, you won’t be able to be the best parent that you can be. Sending your kids to spend a night with their grandparents won’t kill them, even if they are fed junk food.
Teaching your child life skills is important
Today, many children have no idea how to sew on a button. Whereas, 50 years ago, all children would know how to sew. As well as a good education, children also need to learn life skills. That’s why as a parent, it’s important to ensure that your children learn the little things that will help to get them through life. Things like learning how to cook homemade food, sew up a rip in their clothes, and budget effectively. These might seem like skills they can learn later in life, but the sooner they master them, the better. Take sewing, for instance; it’s something that everyone should be able to do. As well as teaching them to sew by hand, invest in the best sewing machine for beginners and teach them how to sew with a machine. This makes sewing much quicker and easier.
Disciplining a child isn’t about consequences
The important thing to understand about discipline is that it’s not about the consequences. It’s about communicating with your child. Of course, consequences are important, but communication is even more important. If you simply say, ‘because you pushed your friend, you’re banned from watching TV for a week,’ this won’t tell them why you’re annoyed. Instead, you need to explain to your child how they made their friend feel when they were mean to them, and why we should always try to be nice. It’s also important to ask them why they pushed them, to find out if there was an underlying reason. Communication is key when it comes to discipline.
So there you have it, some of the old-fashioned methods of parenting you should consider using when raising your kids.
This is a collaborative post with YourOrganicChild.com