Being a parent means striking a difficult balance. It's your job to love and nurture your child - not that you'll need much encouragement to do that.
But you're also tasked with being their leader. You need to teach them self-respect, self-discipline, and instill a sense of responsibility in them at a young age.
If you're unsure whether you're hitting the mark, don't worry. Most parents agree that parenting is a skill which can be learned and improved on.
Here are 6 parenting skills you to take away that will make you a leader in your home.
1. Lead by Example
This is the most vital skill of a good leader.
If you say one thing and do another, you're effectively undermining yourself. Your words lose weight and your kids won't respect you as much.
In the same breath, if you say you're going to do something, do it. Always keep your promises, or you won't be seen as a reliable leader by your kids.
2. Pitch in
If you're asking the kids to do work around the home, show your own willingness to keep the place in shape.
Lazy managers dump all their work on employees. If you're a truly strong leader, you can't give all the chores to the kids.
3. Improve Your Parenting Skills by Listening
Listening to what your kids have to say is vital. This is the feedback loop which helps you to improve your own skills as a parent and leader.
Your kids may be making really fair points about how your family currently does things. Taking on board their suggestions shows that you respect them.
4. Putting Your Foot Down - Reasonably
While listening is a fantastic skill for any leader, remember who's in charge. You.
When it becomes clear that your child is trying to push the boundaries, tell them to stop. If they won't, their behavior needs to be corrected.
A 'time out' zone is a great way to do this. It gives them time alone to think about the consequences of their actions. But when they're ready to come back, use positive words of encouragement and maybe even reward them after they've shown they can be well-behaved.
5. Inspire and Encourage
You should always encourage your kids to follow their (reasonable!) desires.
Whether they've shown an interest in music, drawing, or another activity, it's your job to do all you can to encourage them along that path.
Get them the right materials. Show an interest in their work and suggest things they could do next to make it even better.
6. Build Trust
Show your kids that you're willing to trust them, and they'll put their trust in you.
So long as you both stick to your word, you'll both benefit from a stronger family relationship.
Becoming a Family Leader
We hope this list helps you become a stronger leader in the home and improves your parenting skills.
And remember - always be the example you want your kids to look up to.