“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:
– “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.