How do you raise happy, healthy, and smart kids? That’s the million dollar question, isn’t it? There’s no one secret to successful parenting, but here are some tips that can help you and your kids:
1. Talk to your kids:
Never underestimate a child- kids are full of opinions and smart observations, and the only way to hear them is to have conversations. Talking with your kids also lets them know that you care about what they think and say.
2. Give kids choices:
As the parent, of course you’re in charge, but kids need to feel like they have some control, too, so give options for them to choose from. Of course they have to wear a shirt to leave the house, but let your child choose between the blue one or the red one. This also helps develop decision-making skills.
3. Let kids solve their problems:
There will be times when you have to step in, but if it’s not an earth-shattering situation, let kids work things out by themselves. You’ll be doing them a bigger favor than if you fixed it right away.
4. Pick your battles:
Let some things go.
5. Play with your kids:
Playing is an opportunity for bonding, learning and creativity. And it’s fun!
6. Be a role model:
Do your best to be the adult you want your child to grow up to be.
7. Trust your gut:
If your gut is telling you something, pay attention.
8. Say “no”:
You don’t have to do everything all the time if you just can’t. If you can’t manage to chaperone the school trip, then don’t. There will always be other opportunities.
9. Take time for yourself:
You know the line about the oxygen mask on the plane? You have to take care of yourself in order to be useful to others. Take a time-out when you need a break.
10. Say “I love you”:
Make sure to say the words to your kids on a regular basis. It’s important for self esteem, self-confidence, and so much more.
11. Don’t compare siblings:
Even in the same family, each child is an individual. Comparing can create sibling rivalry.
12. Make your kids feel safe:
Let them know you’ll always be there for support, help, and acceptance.
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