Parenting is a huge task, and it is a great challenge especially if you are new to it or have no experience at it as yet.
Well, not everyone has the skill, talent and patience in doing it, and some will need guidance and help in making it work for them. In parenting, do not make perfection your goal, as there is no perfect parent or child and that can only lead to depression and frustration if not achieved, so be realistic as you can be.
The child, at their young age, will look up unto you and will imitate you according to what they see that you do, say, and act, so be a role model and be watchful when you have kids around. Also, always make sure that your child will feel your love for them even in the point of disciplining them so that they will understand that even if they do wrong your love for them is not going to change.
Being lenient is good sometimes, but then you have to make sure that your child know what are the limits and the consequences in violating the rules, and be firm in your stand and implementations of discipline and do not waver so that your child will choose acceptable behaviors and learn self-control, and learn to be responsible. Constant communication is also very important between you and the kids, as well as making time for them despite your busy schedules for them not to feel left out, unwanted, and unheard that can lead to self-isolation and depression.
Give time to always appreciate and acknowledge your child’s good deeds and achievements no matter how small it is, as that can give them confidence, increase their self-esteem and will consistently be in their mind that will motivate them to do more good. Learn how to understand the needs of your child, and sometimes it is also a must to listen to them, that way they will know that their thought is also valued.
Learn being patient, as that is the most critical thing, understand that each child has its own way and pace in developing and learning things so you should not rush it, and do not compare them with other child or yourself when you were a child.
These are all simple and basic points but sure will help you as your reference in your parenting venture, you will learn more valuable points when you search and browse online on websites that talks about parenting like Traveling Parent, and you can have a better perception and ideas on how to go about the task.