Speech On Parental Influence

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If there’s one person your tot looks up to and relies on for every little thing, it’s you. Be it their food, clothes, books, games, music or even very crucial matters like developmental milestones and character traits, the child has you and your spouse as his/her benchmark. Well we’re not trying to put additional pressure on you by telling you this because we know that you’re already aware of it, but we just want to remind you of the fact that kids are influenced by parents in a big way, especially at this stage when they are impressionable. Here’s how:
1. You determine their tastes
You, as a parent, are the child’s primary point of contact on every issue. Be it ‘I’m hungry’ to ‘Who’s at the door?’, parents’ influence in child development is
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You have the final say
For a vast part of their early lives, you are the sole guiding force. Hence, it’s very important for you to be particular about the way you reprimand or discipline the child. When you set limits, first see yourself abiding by them. If the rules you set are too strict, the child will either rebel or grudingly follow them. On the other hand, if the rules are too relaxed they will not understand authority. You need to find a balance between allowing them to have fun and letting them know that they can’t do everything they want.
Keep in mind: To reward your child with an extra hug or a pat on the back when s/he has followed rules. Try to stay away from using materialistic rewards all the time, they don’t make for great habits in the long run.
4. You too can make mistakes
Being frank with your child is of utmost importance. They should get to know that you too make mistakes, goof up and are vulnerable at times. The lesson to be taught here is how you learn from your mistakes and try not to repeat them again. Honestly admitting when you are wrong and rectifying the same can be a very powerful way to model the behaviour you want your kids to
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Let those little acts of kindness leave their mark on your child. Be good to your maids, the beggars on the road and your child’s annoying friends. Says Deepa Moses, a reader of the Hoopos magazine, “I think the best way to get children ‘socially involved’ is to be good examples ourselves as parents, as educators, as elders. If we are compassionate and give without grudging, then our children will follow our example. Children are constantly learning from the environment. The way we treat the maid who works for us, the way we greet the stranger on the street, the comments we make about the happenings around us are all silently being recorded and noted by our

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