Parenting 101: How to be a better parent

If you want to be the parent that your kid deserves I suggest you be very conscious of what you want that to look like in action.

I grew up without the strong presence of a father in my life, and because there was a bit of a void there I started to map out and define the father that I was going to be.

So I feel a little bit blessed that I had a couple of decades developing a high level of clarity around the type of father I wanted to be before I had my son.

By the time my son arrived I had a clear idea of what that was going to look like.

Although, when he came along a lot of that went out the window because of the sleepless nights, stress, and meltdowns and all the new parent stuff.

At the fundamental core I’m still very clear about the type of parent I want to be.

It doesn’t mean I don’t f*ck it up, or don’t yell at him, but when I do I catch myself very fast and I apologise to him.

As a result I’ve taught my son how to apologise, and that’s taught him to realise when he’s done the wrong thing.

The beautiful thing is when he accidentally does the wrong thing, or yells at me, one of the first things he’ll do once he calms down is, he comes and apologises to me without being asked.

That to me is the product of great demonstration.

I suggest you get clear on what it is that you want to demonstrate to your kid and then hold yourself accountable to that standard. Be real and admit your mistakes to them and then they’ll learn from your demonstration.

Kerwin Rae

Fast Growth Business Specialist and Educator at Business Mastery Pty Ltd
Kerwin Rae is a businessman, investor, strategic advisor, author and international speaker. He has studied and observed the psychology of influence for well over a decade now and is considered an expert on influencing human behaviour and how it relates to sales, marketing, fast growth business principles, leadership and personal transformation.
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