Raising a happy, healthy child is one of the most challenging jobs a parent can have -- and also one of the most rewarding. Yet many of us don't approach parenting with the same focus we would use for a job.
Good parenting helps empathy, honesty, self-reliance, self-control, kindness, cooperation, and cheerfulness. Good parenting also helps protect children from developing anxiety, depression, eating disorders, antisocial behavior.
1. What you do matters. Whether it's your own health behaviors or the way you treat other people, your children are learning from what you do.
2. You cannot be too loving. "It is simply not possible to spoil a child with love,"
3. Be involved in your child's life. "Being an involved parent takes time and is hard work, and it often means rethinking and rearranging your priorities. It frequently means sacrificing what you want to do for what your child needs to do. Be there mentally as well as physically."
Being involved does not mean doing a child's homework -- or correcting it. "Homework is a tool for teachers to know whether the child is learning or not," Steinberg says. "If you do the homework, you're not letting the teacher know what the child is learning."
4. Adapt your parenting to fit your child. Keep pace with your child's development. Your child is growing up. Consider how age is affecting the child's behavior.
5. Establish and set rules. "If you don't manage your child's behavior when he is young, he will have a hard time learning how to manage himself when he is older and you aren't around. Any time of the day or night, you should always be able to answer these three questions: Where is my child? Who is with my child? What is my child doing? The rules your child has learned from you are going to shape the rules he applies to himself.
6. Foster your child's independence. "Setting limits helps your child develop a sense of self-control. Encouraging independence helps her develop a sense of self-direction. To be successful in life, she's going to need both."
7. Be consistent. "If your rules vary from day to day in an unpredictable fashion or if you enforce them only intermittently, your child's misbehavior is your fault, not his. Your most important disciplinary tool is consistency. Identify your non-negotiables. The more your authority is based on wisdom and not on power, the less your child will challenge it."
8. Avoid harsh discipline. Parents should never hit a child, under any circumstances.
9. Explain your rules and decisions. "Good parents have expectations they want their child to live up to.
10. Treat your child with respect. "The best way to get respectful treatment from your child is to treat him respectfully,".
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