International make-up artist, mommy, mogul and motivator, Sarsha Taylor, shares five amazing tips for parents based from her own experiences raising her daughter Hannah. These gems were originally dropped during an Instagram livestream with influencer Tonya Williams Lightbourne.
Tip #1 GIVE YOURSELF ROOM
As a parent, you will make mistakes. The important thing is that you learn from those mistakes and adjust accordingly.
Tip #2 LET YOUR CHILD BE
You may have spent years dreaming of having a “mini me” only to find out your son or daughter is, in so many ways, nothing like you. As parents, it is not uncommon to want your child to act and be just like you. However, it is important to understand that your child is a unique individual with his or her own desires, tastes, character traits and thoughts. Share with your children your beliefs and values, but also give them room to shine as individuals.
Tip #3 CULTIVATE A RELATIONSHIP
The relationship you build with your child now will set the tone for your relationship later in life, and will even be a key aspect in shaping who your child becomes. Being a disciplinarian all of the time will create a divide between you two. Learn to identify when your child needs policing, comfort or just a listening ear.
Tip #4 HAVE FUN TOGETHER
Be fully present with your child and truly invest in his or her development and your bond through quality time. Laughing together creates positive memories that your children can draw strength from even in hard times.
Tip #4 CREATE MEMORIES
Memories can impact a child’s emotional development, behaviours, belief system and ability to be resilient in the face of difficulties both now and in the future. It is important to realize that your child’s memories will shape his or her life. Create positive experiences for your child to look back on.
Connect with Sarsha here: @sarshalepeche