6 skills every parent needs

Parenting is not easy for every mom and dad no matter how experienced. 

Having kids is easy but parenting them is another story. You will find that you must use all of your skills to succeed at parenting and learn some more along the way. Here are some of our top parenting skills we feel are vital in order to raise your kids without going crazy! 
  • Patience- Patience is waiting for a kid to poop on the toilet in a public loo while others are nearly banging the door down to get in! Patience is needed when your kiddie has to learn how to ride a bike, recite the alphabet or tie their laces. 
  • Stress management- Parenting is stressful and there is absolutely no way around that, but you can handle stress better and you must to look after yourself and your children. You need to recognise the signs if you or your kids are stressed and find ways to manage it whether it be exercise or talking about it. 
  • Independence- Kiddies need to be protected but you also need to show them how to be independent. They will take your lead, if you show them you are independent they will follow suit. 
  • Relationship skills- Relationship skills are so important not just your relationship with your kids but how you relate to your partner, friends and extended family. Once again your kids will take your lead so if you endeavour to have good relations with others in most cases your nippers will follow suit. Relationships are imperative to young people so they can bond, connect and lean on others if they need to have a shoulder to cry on. 
  • Life skills- Life skills are cooking, cleaning and maintaining your own health which are actually simple enough but hard to teach youngsters. As your kids grow older they will need you to show them how to look after themselves by cooking or washing their own clothes. It is important as a parent to set your children up for life ahead and rather than shielding them and letting them get everything done for them you must give them room to grow and to fail. 
  • Listening skills- How many parents are chatting to their kids but actually zone out as they are in their own little worlds or have a number of things on their mind? It isn’t a bad thing but it is one that needs work as kids need their parents to listen to them and they in turn need to learn to listen to you.
Written by Emma, staff writer with www.familyfriendlyhq.ie and Irish mummy blogger. Check out her own blog at emmasmadjotters.com

Emma Hayes

Emma Hayes is a busy mum to two girls aged 17 and 11 and is married to her childhood sweetheart.

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