10 Signs You Are (Or Will Be) A Good Parent

10 Signs You Are (Or Will Be) A Good Parent

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“Children learn more from what you ARE than what you TEACH.” ~ Anonymous

What makes a great parent?

Have you ever thought about this question?

Of course, there are the traditional answers:

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– “Giving them good moral values.”

– “Making sure they don’t go without.”

– “Ensuring they get a good education.”

– “Teaching them to be polite.”

We could go on. All of these are wonderful pieces of advice (if a bit cliché).

Let’s get slightly more specific with the question:

Have you ever thought about how the “little things” you currently do influence the kind of parent you will be? 

Uh…that’s a different animal, isn’t it?

More than likely, most of us – including this writer – haven’t  actually considered this before. So let’s talk about it a bit!

By the way, every item on this list applies to both current and future parents!

Here are ten signs you are – or will be – a great parent!

1. You treat customer service people well

Who hasn’t been on hold before? Who hasn’t been on an excruciatingly long hold before? Uh-huh.

How is your demeanor once you get someone on the line? Do you go off on the person and vent your anger, or do you remain calm, collected, and polite?

Being able to stay calm with people in emotionally charged situations demonstrates a high level of emotional intelligence. “The capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions” is a vital skill for parents to have.

2. You have a few long-term friendships

Alisa Bash, a licensed marriage and family therapist, based in Malibu, California, says:

“People with long-term friendships understand emotional intimacy. Their word means something and they show up when they commit to things and to people, something that will mean so much to a child.”

So, if you’ve got a few ole’ chums, you may just bring a bit more to the parenting table.

3. You understand balance.

As you’re reading this sentence, there’s a parent slowly killing themselves from work stress. And there’s a child wondering where their Mom or Dad is.

Work-family balance, as defined by one prominent childhood educator puts it, is necessary “in order to have the energy and patience to take care of their children in a fun, joyful, and loving way.”

4. You prioritize a healthy lifestyle

Speaking of work and speaking of balance. The crazy scheduling and resultant stress of modern life requires that we monitor and take care of our mind-body health and lifestyle.

Many potential parents see having a baby as a fix to their problems.

Just … no. While things may be tough, as adults it’s our responsibility to take care of any pressing issues before bringing a baby into the mix.

5. You’re not afraid of self-sacrifice

If you’re reading these words, you’re either (1) a positive person, or (2) someone trying to become more positive. Positivity is an admirable trait in a society that is so self-absorbed.

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You are more likely to sacrifice themselves for someone else. Have you bought a strangers lunch before? Helped out an older adult? Lent money even when things were tight?

You get the idea. And if you’re a self-sacrificing type of person, odds are you’ll be a great parent.

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6. You’re an empath

Empaths are the folks who make the world go round. We always need more of them and can never have enough.

Not only are empaths compassionate; they have an almost superhuman ability to see and feel what someone else sees and feels as if they were them.

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