Every day, your child learns new things. It is what makes childhood such an exciting time. Your child will learn from you and your example. As a parent, you have an important job in teaching them about your values and beliefs.
Childhood is a good time to teach them good behaviour because they respect and want to be close to you. Using positive feedback is a great idea. Give lots of praise to build up your child’s self-esteem by talking about their strengths and not their weaknesses. If they have done well in a test at school or have points for good behaviour, praise them. Your opinion of your child has a huge impact on what they think of themselves, so being too critical can damage confidence.
Growing up can be a challenging time, let them know you are there to support them. Sometimes it can come as a bit of a shock when your child starts to develop and change, it can be difficult to ‘let go’. As your child gets older you can agree together on boundaries and levels of trust. Your child will have new challenges and sometimes worries like school work, exam pressure and peer pressure. Their behaviour both in and out of school is important. Give them a little responsibility and reward them with praise and encouragement if they do well. Of course, you are still their parent and they still need you. Be there to support them.