Parenting single child: Important things to remember

Raising a single child is fun, engaging, and sometimes a bit stressful. Here are some important things to remember to help nurture a happy, social, and confident single child.

Challenges of raising a single child

Everyone would agree with us that raising one or more than one child is not easy under any circumstances. But when you are raising a single child, the stakes, the responsibility, stress gets a bit more as we are afraid of going wrong with our parenting. We completely understand that parents nowadays want to give the best to their child and that is the reason why many couples are opting for small families and have just one child. So, here are some important tips to remember while raising a mature, confident, diligent single child.

Do not spoil or overindulge your child, trust us, this is no way of showing your affection.

One of the hindsight of having and raising a single child is that we unknowingly spoil them by giving in to their every single demand. Try to set some limits on how much they would get in terms of things, toys and clothes and stick to it. The best way to make them aware of the importance of things is by making them earn them. For example, there is a new Lego set, which is quite costly that they want, make your kid help you with daily chores and earn money so, that he or she could buy it for themselves. This would teach them the value of money and also gratification for what we have.

Do not treat your child as a fellow adult in your house

With just one kid in the house, parents often start treating the child as an adult. Understand even if your kid acts mature at just 10 or 11 years of age, he or she is still just a child. Let them be a child for a while.

Don’t pile up your expectations on them, they are their own individuals, not you. 

Mostly when we are raising one child, we tend to have some unrealistic hopes and expectations from them. You could not clear Xyz competitive exam, so, now you want them to do that instead. This expectation is very cruel and unjust. Your child is his own person, with their own dreams and desires. Let them carve their own niche.

Lastly, stop being guilty and be their constant entertainment. Encourage them to be more sociable with kids of their own age which would help with their growth and development.

Priyadarshini Kaul

Priyadarshini Kaul Mishra has two Master’s Degrees in English Literature and History. She is actively following her passion for the language by being a content creator since many years now. Besides this, Priyadarshini is a true bookworm at heart and tries to be an avid reader despite being a full-time mother now. She is also a professionally certified baker and puts on the oven mitts every now and then.
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