Parents Corner Wednesdays: Being Attentive to Different Personalities and Temperaments
Being Attentive to Different Personalities and Temperaments
You might already be asking, "Erica what does different personalities and temperaments have to do with parenting?
Well I'm glad you asked!
Your child is an individual.
Yes an individual.
Which means that this child has individual needs, wants, desires and yep you guessed it, an individual personality and temperament (that may change over time).
Its important to teach and provide discipline while also being attentive to your child's personality and temperament.
Also, know that what works for one child may not work for another and vice versa.
Imagine having 3 sons. One is very hard on himself even though he appears to be the jokester of the family. One is quiet and reserved oftentimes appearing that he likes to be alone however he's actually more of an introvert who enjoys family activities. One is a mixture of both described above.
I'm sure that if you were to really pay attention to their different personalities and temperaments you would notice improved communication and most importantly a stronger parent-child bond as you would also be more attentive to their love language.
I'm sure that many have heard about the different love languages. Well, know that these love languages don't only apply to adults. Remember you were a child once too!
Don't take my word for it, observe your child/children for a week or 2 and then come back to this blog post and comment your observations. A week or 2 may not cause a drastic change in your relationship but it could get you on track to getting to know your child better. Maybe you could use this moment to share stories of when you were a child (age appropriate of course). Who knows, your child/children may get to know you better as well!