What is the most fragile, but yet rewarding job on the planet? What career has no clock in nor clock out time? Who are the most unique, hardworking employees ever created? You guessed it, PARENTS! Parents are multitask masters who are naturally certified teachers, doctors, advisers, comforters, advocates, and much more. Their job begins the moment that bundle of joy enters this world and throughout the duration of the child's life.
One of the most important jobs of parents is keeping children motivated, empowered, productive, and on the straight and narrow path. Parents have to work extra hard in today's society to keep their children away from destructive elements, and anointed and prayed over with well wishes for a healthy lifestyle.
On March 11, 2013, Examiner received feedback from several parents about how they motivate their children for success, keep them on the straight and narrow path with little room for disaster and disruptions, and helpful parental tips void of corporal punishment. Their responses are below:
Myesha: "The main thing I've used to help me - and that I will always use is PATIENCE. No matter what's going on and what may be happening, not losing patience immediately has helped my daughter talk to me more. She is more open with me."
Lauren: "We set goals on Sunday regarding what she needs to do during the week. Like, what days are needed to do martial arts, what projects, test? Even rest days are included. Once we accomplish these goals, we get to do whatever she wants on weekends. She usually wants to stay home, play, watch movies, or go to the bookstore."
Courtney: Courtney says that during her single parenting years, she would do special activities with her daughter to recognize her accomplishments. "When Dana did a great job at something, such as being helpful, extra kind, or received a good report from the teacher, I gave her a wonderland bath with candles lit all over the bathroom. This is something economical that I made up." Additionally, Courtney says it is important to avoid sheltering your children and to expose them to various communities as well as cultural and cross-cultural attractions. She states: "Drive through challenging neighborhoods and talk to them about why it's that way. Give your thoughts; and let them give theirs at a young age." She also shared some age appropriate grounding tips, using her 12 year old as an example as she spoke of the importance of being firm and consistent.
Shuntah: Shuntah says that it is important to feed your children life skills that they can grow on. She shared tips that her children receive from her: "Never apply can't to your life when can is the best road to success. I am an example of hard work and struggle. Make education your rocket to the stars! Never settle for less than the best; and don't be afraid to explore the world."
These dynamic parents exemplify the existence of teaching and training a child to grow and develop into constructive citizens of society. As they continue to provide encouragement, positive communication, and guidance their parental discipline will transform into self-discipline. Kudos to Myesha (Chris), Lauren (Dwaine), Courtney (Mr. Francis), and Shuntah (Greg) - some of the hardest working employees of Parent-Child Incorporated. In other words, the most fragile, priceless, and rewarding partnership shared between a parent and child.