This article was developed via a partnership with BetterHelp.
As a parent, you may understand the mixed feelings when the day comes and your child is ready to start school. You are excited to see them grow and develop their personality, but you are sad to see their infant innocence fade. Parenting school-age children can be a thankless job.
It is a full-time position that requires more than packing lunches and improving your child’s reading skills. It is even more challenging for first-time parents. Your child now wants to make decisions for themselves and choose relationships. It is not a stroll in the park, but it is not impossible!
Is Any Parenting Style Better Than the Rest?
Is there a parenting style better than other parenting styles? Yes and no.
Research shows that authoritative parenting is the most effective method to raise confident children who thrive in school. Other research shows that supportive parenting is the optimal style. However, your background, values, and goals for your child will play a significant role in your parenting style.
If you need more direction on how you should parent your child, consider looking into articles reviewed by professionals on BetterHelp. By educating yourself more on different parenting styles and techniques, you can better raise your child.
How Can You Help Them Through School?
Be a Good Example
One of the easiest ways to help your child through school is by being a good example. When problems arise at home or work, show your child how to react with kindness and calmness. Show them that it is okay to feel overwhelmed, but show them how to manage their stress in the present moment.
Keep Them Healthy
School-age children grow fast! Keeping them as healthy as possible is essential to help them through school. For example, nutritious meals, enforcing adequate sleep schedules, regulating screen time, and engaging in regular exercise. All these things are necessary for their survival and mental health.
Show Them Support
You can show your child support by listening to their thoughts and feelings without judgment. Allow them to come to you with their concerns. When a child feels secure and safe with you, they are more likely to come to you with more serious problems in the future.
Tips for Staying Sane Through it All
Find Yourself Support
You spend all your time providing for your little one. It can be hard to find someone to provide for you! However, parents must find a support system as well. A few good friends, a therapist, or a support group are all viable options for parents. A support system can assist you when you feel overwhelmed or tired.
Keep Yourself Healthy
Keeping yourself healthy is also a must for parents. Exercise can alleviate tension and stress, and a good night’s rest can help refresh you for the next day. In addition to these things, eating well and taking care of your body can also boost your mood and stamina!
You can easily lose yourself when you become a parent and have to worry about another human being. It is why self-care and you have to claim it back! Try to recall your hobbies and activities outside of parenting. By engaging in active self-care, you can become a happier person and a better parent.