### Essential Parenting Tips for Raising Secure and Resilient Children

By Tapatrisha Das, from Delhi

Published on: Jan 09, 2024, at 08:05 PM IST

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Essential Parenting Truths for Nurturing Children’s Emotional Development

Parenting poses a complex challenge, balancing the desire to provide the best for our children while instilling essential values, discipline, and life skills. To cultivate secure, resilient, and empathetic children, it is crucial to emphasize the significance of compassion and empathy from an early age. Therapist Eli Harwood highlights the value of establishing a secure bond with our children as a priceless gift, acknowledging the challenges parents may face, particularly if their own upbringing lacked secure attachments.

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Acknowledging Emotions: Children’s emotions are not choices but neuro-chemical responses beyond their control. Encouraging a healthy dialogue around negative emotions instead of shaming them nurtures emotional intelligence essential for navigating life’s challenges.

Parental Influence on Brain Development: The parent-child relationship significantly shapes children’s brain development and cognitive functions. Approaching interactions with love, care, and affection positively impacts their cognitive growth.

Developing Impulse Control: Acquiring impulse control is a gradual neurological process that evolves over time. Children may struggle with impulse management, influenced by their emotional and physical well-being.

Embracing Imperfection: Prioritizing perfection in parenting often leads to anxiety. Embracing empathy, acknowledging mistakes, and engaging in reparative actions fosters a more secure environment for children’s growth.

Leading by Example: Actions speak louder than words; modeling desired behaviors is more impactful than making promises. Children learn and emulate behaviors observed in their parents, emphasizing the importance of embodying traits like respect, thoughtfulness, and emotional regulation.

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Tapatrisha Das

Tapatrisha is a Content Producer at Hindustan Times, covering a diverse range of topics including health, relationships, and fashion.

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