9 Essential Ways to Be a Good Parent ...

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Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs we may ever volunteer ourselves.

It can also be one of the most rewarding.

As parents we may not always have the right answers but following these 9 essential ways to be a good parent should help.

1. Love and Affection

Love and Affection

Love goes along way.

Showing our wee ones and even our not-so-wee teens how important they are with a little a little, “I love you” or reaffirming hug is a perfect step in how to be a good parent.2

2. Listen

Listen

Listening is another important step in how to be a good parent.If your child is anything like mine, she has way more to say than time in the day.

Even though I can’t sit down and listen to everything that pops into that funny little head of her I do set aside time each day, distraction free to listen.2

She tells me about her friends, her Bieber Fever, great ideas, her dreams for a beach house, and any concerns she may have at the moment.

She talks.

I listen.

3. Set Boundaries

Set Boundaries

When learning how to be a good parent you should expect to sometimes have to be the bad guy and say, “No.” Children need limitations and to know you expect certain behaviors from them.

Providing curfews and bedtimes, setting chores, and expecting manners teaches children important things they will need as adults.

4. Positive Reinforcement

Positive Reinforcement

Another part in how to be a good parent isn’t always about criticizing your children either.

Kids need to hear when they are doing awesome, not just when they have messed up.

Celebrate their little triumphs through out the day by saying, “Good job” or “That was really smart!”2

5. Consistency

Consistency

Being consistent is tough!

But when learning how to be a good parent this is an essential detail.

If you want you little Johnny to have a 9 o'clock bedtime so you can have a little time with your husband before bed than set the rule and don’t budge.

Chances are Johnny is going to push and try to manipulate you into staying up later.

Hold strong and stay consistent.

Once Johnny realizes you are solid as rock he will give up.

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