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This article is ideal for new parents. It will help to guide parents in wearing different hats
for different stages in a child’s life.

                Parents Guide on How to Parent by Garry Mac

Parenting is seasonal and sequential and with every new season parents need to
change hats. Parenting styles, ideas and tips…

No one can parent a six month old baby the way they parent a teenager. This may
sound overly simplistic but it is incredible how many parents seem to suffer from lack of
clarity when it comes to the season they are in and the style of parenting it demands.

The Nurse Hat

When your little bundle of joy comes home there is no chance they will steal the car,
take illicit drugs, or start hanging out with a bad crowd. There is just a lot of sleeping,
eating and awake time when you would like to be sleeping. This phase of parenting lays
a strong foundation within a child of deep security, safety and connectedness to
parents. There are a lot of tricks that can make this season a little easier but every
family needs to find their own equilibrium of what works for them.

The Disciplinarian Hat

No one can deny that there is a point when a child’s own independent WILL starts to
really kick in. This is usually around the time when they start walking but it varies from
child to child. This is when the real work of parenting begins in earnest.

Some kids are incredibly compliant and require very little in the way of correction in
order to learn to respect and honour the authority of a parent. However, many others
are incredibly WILFUL and so (like it or not) it JUST WILL be a battle of the WILLS for a
few really important years. Of course parents will be wearing the Teachers Hat a lot
during this season too but it is often a surprise to a lot of people how much focus must
be on discipline during the toddler season. Any child who does not learn to honour and
respect parental authority will ultimately struggle to honour and respect other forms of
authority.

The Teacher Hat

In a world of hard core internet pornography easily streamed in high definition to a
phone handset, parents need to step up and teach their kids about life early. As a child
graduates out of the toddler season and into what is meant to be the innocence of
childhood. The parenting hat needs to read TEACHER more than any other during this
season.

Child hood is when parents can fill kids up with wisdom and understanding about what
lies ahead. In the years getting closer to the teen years parenting ought to be full of
discussions about what to expect as a teenager and how to handle every situation. One
of the best things you can do for your child is involve them in serving the community and
expose them (in measured fashion) to society fallouts.

The Coach Hat

It is very difficult to play ‘catch up’ on past seasons once a child hits puberty. If a parent
fails to teach a toddler to honour authority and how to be respectful in disagreements
the teen years can be tough for everyone. If parents fail to teach their kids about the
real world and expose them to the real ‘fallout’ firsthand, teens can be unprepared to
face the very real challenges and temptations of the season of youth.

The lead up to seasons is vital but so too is the HAT change of parenting into the teen
years. Teens simply do not need their parents primarily wearing the DISCIPLINARY
HAT as they face the peer pressures and insecurities of the superficial teen universe.
They need the constant encouragement of a COACH who believes in them.

Teens neither need Mum and dad to be wearing the TEACHERS HAT all the time
lecturing them on everything. The smart parent will understand the power of older
mentors and position their teen around the right people.
The teenage years are that slow journey from childhood or dependence into
independence.
It is a time when your teen can rest in the knowledge that you are there to help them
succeed in life.

The Friend Hat

Hopefully in all seasons families can remain the very best of friends. However, for any
parent there can be nothing greater that to see their child grow to become a functioning,
mature and independent adult who they just like to spend time with. Parents need to
change Hats here and let their child run their life the way they see fit and just enjoy the
friendship.
Hopefully this short article might help you just a little in your parenting journey so when
that time eventually comes your kids still like you.

Article can be read in full in the Go Magazine.

If you weren’t able to effectively change hats in your parenting journey and now feel
guilty, struggling to know how to handle your child’s behaviour. God loves you and has
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