Homeschool parents wear multiple hats - parent hat, teacher hat, project manager hat, cheerleader hat, etc, etc. It's easy to get consumed with the tasks that define each role, and forget the primary essence of each role - conscious connecting. As a parent, it becomes extremely necessary to raise your child by understanding their needs. It’s best done by pouring all your conscious effort on the child in a calm and lovable manner. There is a saying “Today’s children… Tomorrow’s future…” A future where people have compassion, honesty and are well behaved can only be shaped now. That is why it is very to start now for a better future. Who best can do that other than the parents? So we have picked up a top 5 tips/hacks to be a conscious parent.
The first tip, begin by practicing a healthy routine. Teach and train your family to follow a routine from the time they wake up, till the time they get back to sleep. For homeschool newbies, this comes in handy as you transition from the external structure of traditional school to creating a timetable that includes everything from house chores to STEM projects.
The next tip is create a peaceful environment. Childhood is compared with a sponge because, just like how a sponge can accommodate water in it, children have the tendency to absorb behavior and language that they see and hear around them. That is exactly why it is really important to be and to do good things around children. This modeling extends to how you approach life-long learning. Are you reading regularly or on the phone constantly? Are you taking classes and expanding your understanding of a subject, learning a new craft, or sharpening your own skills? Children consider their parents as a role model in their early stage. They will watch and hear what you do, so be responsive around them and not reactive. If there is a situation in front of you when you’re children are around, think for a while before you respond. Be compassionate around them but not naïve and give them a chance to grow mentally. Be aware of how to approach challenging situations, new ideas, determine success, handle failure and iterate ideas and projects.
The third tip is, help your children develop the basic components that make a better personality. According to the famous psychoanalyst Carl Gustav Jung the four basic components of a personality are intuition, sensation, thinking and feeling. Help your children develop these four elements in them. By doing so, you will help them take holistic approach in conjunction with the realistic one. These traits if developed well, can kindle the creativity in them. This will also help them understand an emotion the other person is going through, which in turn will teach them to value relationships. These elements when polished well throughout childhood can build a person with a better personality.