Ways to Be a More Proactive Parent

Learn how to be more proactive with your child.
By Savannah Moss
Photo by Kelli Mcclintock | Unsplash

It’s no secret that parenting is hard. Regardless, no matter how hard you struggle with what to do, all you want is to help your child grow into a responsible adult. As luck would have it, there are many things you can do as a parent that can help pave the road for your child’s future. In this article, we’ll be going over a couple of ways you can be a more proactive parent.

Be More Involved in Your Child’s Education

One of the best ways parents can be more involved in their child’s life is to see what you can do with their education. As a parent, one of the best ways to ensure that your child is learning and growing is to get involved in their education. If you don’t already know this, there’s a good chance that they’re not getting the attention they need from the school staff. In fact, your child can flourish academically if you get involved with their life at school. You can get to know their teachers, what classes they excel at, and the ones they’re struggling with. Ask questions about how well they’re doing in class and if there’s anything you can do to help.

A mistake any parent can make when trying to be more involved with their child’s academic career is assuming. Just because things may appear okay doesn’t mean they are. It can mean the world to your child when their parent routinely checks on their well-being. Taking an interest in what they’re learning is also a great way to bond with them, so you don’t feel like you’re missing out on their development. If you want to take it a step further, you can always help them out when it’s time for college. College should be a memorable experience for every new student, but with such a big responsibility and investment suddenly thrown into the mix, it can be a little overwhelming.

That’s not even counting what comes after graduation, which is paying back the student loan debt. Student loan debt is a known savings killer and can be very difficult to pay back at certain times. This is because the interest rates can rise when students least expect them to. However, parents have a way to keep their children from having to deal with such stress by taking out a private parent loan. Parent loans are essentially the same as a typical student loan, except the responsibility is not on the child. If you already have a near-perfect credit score, you could have an even easier time applying and being approved.

Help Them Develop a Routine and Schedule

Routines are important for children because they help them develop a sense of structure. It also teaches them to be more organized and hones their time management skills. Developing a routine also helps your child feel more independent and control over their lives.

Be Open Minded About the Potential Challenges

Despite what we’ve already gone over, it’s certainly worth mentioning that there are a few challenges parents need to be aware of. Being a single parent is a prime example. As a single parent, you may not have as much time to spend with your kids because you have to juggle your other responsibilities. Another challenge is the potential stress involved with single parenting a child. That’s not to say wanting to be a more proactive parent is just another, however, you will be managing them a lot more than usual. On top of your duties and personal life, this can be a little difficult to manage at times.

Educate Them on Taking Responsibility

Parents often want to teach their children that they’re in charge of their own lives, but it can be hard to know how to go about it. One way is by teaching your child self-discipline and self-motivation. You can also help them learn how to make good decisions, so they don’t end up regretting the consequences later on. This can be in regard to keeping finances in check, picking the right circle of friends, or learning how to fail forward. All things that they will encounter as they grow and become independent adults. 

Have Faith in Your Ability as a Parent

Being a parent is one of the most rewarding experiences a person can have, but it’s also one of the hardest jobs you’ll ever have. There may be a time where you’re unsure about your parenting ability and wonder if you’re doing the right thing. However, the most important thing to remember is that you have the ability to help your children grow into responsible adults. If you find yourself between a rock and a hard place, you can always ask others for advice, like your parents or a pediatrician. You can do this by being a positive role model for them, encouraging independence and offering choices when appropriate. This can help your children understand the consequences of their actions and make good decisions on their own.