Children respond to consistency. ‘Stay consistent’ is the one piece of advice that every parent gets to hear more often. Being consistent as a parent is one of the good parenting practices as it has multiple benefits for the child. In parenting, consistency is mostly about how parents respond to different events. However, it does take a lot of energy to be a consistent parent.
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Consistency benefits children in two distinct ways: It establishes boundaries and creates a sense of security. It teaches children what to expect from their parents in different situations. It creates a sense of security in the minds of children as they understand different boundaries and the consequences of crossing them. It makes children see their parents as predictable people who can be relied upon. Consistency also helps children understand that parents are simply correcting their behaviour and not rejecting them as people.
A book by Sue Edgerley, Five Keys Parenting, lists a few tips and tricks that parents can use to implement different parenting strategies consistently. Sue Edgerley has fifteen plus years of experience working with children in school and in childcare settings. Here are some tips she has mentioned in her book.
It is important for parents to work together as a team when it comes to parenting their little ones, more so while dealing with difficult behaviour. Choosing a plan that works for both parents is the key for consistency. Present a uniform front. At times when you disagree with your spouse’s parenting choices, do appear supportive in front of the children and discuss the issue later in private.
What do you think about these tips? Do you think these will help you become a consistent parent? Do let us know of your experience in the comments section.
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