The need to raise responsible, sensitive, confident, disciplined and good kids, has led to research on parenting skills for young children. Studies show that environment and people affect children. Children learn and grow by their response to these stimuli.
Children at a young age are very impressionable and sensitive. They need a lot of warmth,care,love, stability, and discipline to develop and grow into healthy, mature and responsible human beings. The parents must have a caring and positive attitude while dealing with their children so that their children also reflect these characteristics. Children look upon their parents as role models.
Young children are extremely sensitive even though they may not fully understand the situations. So if there are any conflicts in their surroundings children sense it and react to it. They form their own defenses to be able to handle their emotion and adapt to the environment. In some cases this adapting to the environment on their own may not be beneficial for their overall growth. Young children need a lot of care, patience and energy during their growing years.
It is therefore important that parents or caregivers are caring, sensitive towards the child. They should realize that the child at this stage requires a lot of love, trust and a sense of security and stability from them. When these basic requirements of a child a re fulfilled it is easier for parents to inculcate good moral values and discipline in their children.
Developing good parenting skills for young children requires a lot of patience, understanding, time, planning and ingenuity on the part of the parent.