If you love your kidsâ€”put yourself first. Far too many children are living with a mom who is unhappy, frazzled and stressed. Children flourish when they are raised in a home with happy, balanced parents. The best way to give more to your children is by giving more to yourself: by doing this, you can become a valuable role model for them of a happy, healthy adult.
A key to good parenting is to have a happy marriage in which your children can thrive â€“ partnership which they can use as a model for their future relationships.
Cherish your children. No matter what your situation is or how often your children drive you crazy, know there are thousands of parents in this world who would gladly trade places with you in a heartbeat. Tell your children often how grateful you are to have the opportunity to be their parent.
Teach your kids to fish (rather than fish for them). Many parents do everything for their kids. This only robs their children of the opportunity to learn self-reliance â€“ a vital key to their self-esteem. One of the best things you can do is to help your kids learn how to do things for themselves.
Focus on what you like (instead of what you do not like). If children are not being appreciated and are not getting attention for what they do well, and when they behave well, they will learn to get attention for not behaving well.
Give respect and receive it in return. Do not do anything to your child that you would not want your child to do to you. This includes yelling, hitting, spitting, making fun of people and putting others down. There are far better ways for you to handle conflict, stress and common misbehaviour.
A family that plays together stays together. Have fun and play with your children. Laughing, tickling and playing together is the foundation of a happy home.
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