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Parenting is hard. No matter how many articles you read, you’ll never know what your kids are thinking or feeling. And, sometimes you might be unsure of what to say. These words will help guide you in the right direction and improve your relationships with your kids.

Your Opinion Matters

Kids need to know that they can trust their parents. It’s OK to disagree with them. However, they need to know that you respect their thoughts and opinions.

You should encourage them to express their opinions and give them the space to voice their thoughts and feelings. You may not always agree with them, but you should never dismiss or ignore what they have to say.

No One Is Perfect

This is a huge one for you as a parent. You love your kids and you want the best for them, but you also want them to know that no one is perfect and no one is 100% good at everything.

There are things that they can improve on and you need to talk about those things so that they don’t feel bad about themselves when it comes time for something else in life (like college applications).

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Try Out New Things

This is one of the best ways to keep your kids interested in learning. They don’t have to be perfect at something, but they should try new things and try new activities. Try different hobbies and sports.

If they do get into a sport, it will be easier for them to find friends when they go to school. And, most importantly, it will make them feel more confident about themselves when they go to college.

Don’t Listen to Other People

No kid loves being told what to do and how to do it. Rebelling is part of their development. It can make you frustrated sometimes.

However, there are actually times when they truly don’t need to listen to other people’s opinions. Other people can have different opinions and different ways of doing things, and sometimes those opinions don’t work well with your kids.

That’s why it’s important for you to encourage your kids to be confident and have trust in themselves.

Remind them that if they listen to other people’s opinions, they may be making a mistake that you don’t realize until it’s too late.

Be Careful of What You Share With the World

We’re not only talking about their private Facebook posts or their Instagram stories. We’re talking about sharing things with the world.

Tell your kids that if they are going to share something on social media, make sure that it is something that they can live with for the rest of their life. If they can’t live with it, don’t share it.

Everything Will Be Alright

It’s hard for kids to believe this, but things will be alright. Even if they get bad grades at school or even if they’re fighting with their best friends, everything will be alright.

It’s normal for things to not go the way they would like them to, but it will be alright. If they start feeling down about something, remind them that it will be alright.

Don’t Leave Any Regrets

I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but it’s still important to remember. If you have any regrets, don’t let them get the best of you. Let them go and make sure that you move on from them. Don’t let those regrets control your life.

Tell this advice to your kids so that they can live their best life.

I Don’t Know

Admitting that you are, the adult, don’t know something can be hard. However, it is important to admit that you don’t know something so that you can find out the answer. And, when you do find out the answer, it will make you feel much better.

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It Was My Fault

Parents make mistakes too. And, sometimes those mistakes can cause a lot of damage. If you make a mistake, take responsibility for it. There is no point in blaming other people or trying to find someone else to blame.

Take Care of Yourself First

Kids need to know that it’s OK to take care of themselves first before taking care of everyone else. They need to know that if they feel tired or overwhelmed, it’s OK to let them rest for a little bit and not feel guilty about it. Your kids will respect you more if they see that you are taking care of yourself first before taking care of them.

Be Responsible for Your Emotions

You don’t want your kids to get into the habit of blaming other people for their emotions. They need to know that they can’t control other people’s feelings and they can’t control how other people react to them. They need to take responsibility for their own emotions and feelings.

You Are Important

Kids need to know that they are important. If you say it enough, it will start to sink in. Kids need to know that they are important and that you love them more than anything else in the world.

Enjoy The Present Moment

Kids need to know that they can be happy and enjoy the present moment. There is always something to look forward to in the future. And, there are always other things that they can do in the present moment.

Don’t let them worry about what might happen in the future or what other people think of them. Focus on being happy and enjoying their life right now.

I Will Be There to Help You

It’s OK to let your kids know that you will be there for them if they need you. You can say it in a variety of ways. You can say it in a text, in a Facebook post, or even over the phone. However, your kids need to know that you will be there for them.

You and your kids will work together to find the answers. It’s not up to just one person to figure out what is going on with your child. It’s not always easy, but it is important that both of you are on the same page and working together to figure out what is going on with your child.

Be The Best Parent Now

There are a lot of important things that parents need to know. They need to know that they can be there for their kids and they can help them through difficult times.

They need to know that it’s OK to disagree with their kids and it’s OK to have doubts about how they are doing in school or in sports. And, they need to know that there is nothing wrong with taking care of themselves first before taking care of everyone else.

This is just a small list of things that parents should be teaching their children. There are so many other important things that parents should be teaching their children, but I hope this gives you some ideas for what you can say when you talk with your child about important topics.

Our blog, The Mindful Parent, is a place where you can get articles and tips about being a mindful parent. Our main goal is to help parents develop more awareness and give parents treatment advice on how to take care of their children.