The parent-child relationship plays an integral part in the lives of everyone. Each parent strives to raise a child in different ways with the end goal being the nourishment of the child mentally, physically and spiritually. In most cases, a parent or guardian is the final decision maker on every step the child is to take, up to when he or she attains the age of maturity. However, there are constitutional rights and privileges that are to be enjoyed by each kid.
To begin with, parents are the elders and should be treated as such. Children need to listen and get firsthand information by a person who has passed through similar life situations, and that is likely to be a parent. It is vital for parents however, to give children a chance to select what course they want their life to take (within reason).
In addition, a parent’s decision here should be to play as an encouraging instrument. This will create awareness in a child that things are not forced down their throat. Finally, giving children time to select their courses vests them with a certain weight of responsibility. Through this, mental growth is cultivated since most of the time a child will be alone in the learning institution; hence no one close to help him or her.
How to Keep the Parent-Child Relationship Intact
Start with making decisions that matter and affect the child’s education system in the right way. It avoids instances of dismal performance in school by the child as well as dissatisfaction by the parent. Secondly, teach the youngster how to come up with decisions before moving forward. This ensures that mistakes are pointed out in the first instance and helps by making the child work on rectifying their mistakes to avoid regret in future.
Teach the child the importance of working together. Being a parent means that you are their reference point, best friend and mentor. Make an effort to create time for children, compromise where necessary and be creative as this boosts the child’s self-esteem in the long run.
In conclusion, children’s misdeeds are often a reflection of the parent’s behavior. Children with fewer behavioral problems perform well in school and this leads to a focused mind and career in the future. This is due in part to the successful parent-child relationship; the child is well mentored and is outspoken whenever difficulties pose challenges to him or her. Each parent should therefore find ways to play a role in a child’s decision making process.