The Unconventional Guide to Parenting
Whether you’re expecting your first child, or already have children, there’s no doubt that you’ve been exposed to the conventional methods of being a parent. Society has attempted to teach us how to raise your child the correct way as they grow older.You may have heard these lesson from family, friends, counselors, or even your partner. And while their advice may be sound decision making, there’s one thing to remember about parenting – it doesn’t come with a book.
Now one may argue that there are plenty of books that can be read about how to raise your child and be a good parent – you must remember, those are just opinionated suggestions. While some may be backed with study facts and others are just open advice, they still offer a suggestion based on their perspective.
But as a parent, you have a choice on how to raise your child and be the parent you want to be. While there are laws in place to help protect the child, so long as those laws are being upheld and your child isn’t being abused or neglected, you have a choice on how to raise your child.
There’s many ways that you can think outside the box and lead your child to a happy and successful lifestyle – unconventionally. You’re not obligated to follow the advice of your family or friends when raising your child. For example, one unconventional way to be a parent and guide your child on the right path is to actually reward your child with an experience for misbehaving instead of providing them with a time out. Finding a creative way to teach the child a lesson that is a positive experience is not your conventional way of offering up a punishment that meets the crime.
Think back to when you were young – and remember how you were taught valuable lessons while still being a child. Those methods were taught to you by the ways of society – that had been handed down from generation to generation. And while you may have learned your lessons in your youth – it doesn’t mean you have to hand down those same lessons in the same fashion you were taught.
Today’s society teaches us to be more of a free thinker – and do things that may be in an unconventional manner. No matter how much your family or friends may implore you to handle situations differently – you always have a choice to do what’s right for your child. And sometimes those choices can be made with unconventional thinking.
Learning to be a parent that offers praise during negative situations can lead to a better self-confidence level within the child. Being a parent that handles situations while thinking outside the box, allows your child to grow in a manner that may not be aligned with societies ways. This approach of using unconventional methods allows you and your child to be free thinkers and empowers you to become great things. Using the method of unconventional parenting can help you to expand your patience, handle situations differently, and more importantly – be someone that your child will idolize for your efforts.
Don’t be afraid to be different when it comes to raising your child as a parent. While you may receive ridicule for your efforts, in the end – it’s your efforts that will ultimately help define who your child will become. And those same efforts will also help you to grow as a parent as well by becoming, well – unconventional.