The purpose of this compilation of parenting tips is to offer one place where you can find some of the best parenting tips that More4kids.info has to offer. While the tips have not been written by a medical expert or a child psychologists they have been written by a parents.
The key is to keep in mind that all children are unique and that there isn't only one parenting method or even one parenting method that will work for the same three kids in one household. We know based on experience that isn't true. The key is in knowing who your child is and the best way that they learn.
1) Think Before You Speak
2) Be a Positive Role Model
3) Listen, Catch and Redirect
4) Be Spontaneous and Affectionate
5) Provide Feedback that is Accurate and Positive
6) Foster a Safe and Loving Home Environment
7) Focus on Cooperation Over Competition
8) Pay attention to your child and what interests them
9) Stress the Behavior, not the child
10) Don't compare them with siblings or others. Each child is unique
11) Tell them very often how much you love them
12) Spend time with them doing what it is they want to do.
13) Listen to their point of view and help them achieve their goals.
14) Support their school work. Don't do it for them.
15) Get involved in their school
16) Encourage them to make friends, welcome their friends into your home
17) Help your child explore any hobbies or talents they have
18) Realize that tomorrow it will be Different. Ask yourself: Will it really matter tomorrow?
19) Master the Art of Compromise
20) Tell them you love them (don't assume they don't need to hear the words)
21) Lead by Example
22) Patience: Tell Them Everything Has Its Own Time
23) Patience: Explain to Them Why They Need to Wait
24) Set Goals with Them
25) Give Concrete Responses
26) Give Concrete Consequences
27) You Have to Follow Through with your actions and your words
28) Reward Them for Being Patient
29) Reward Them for a Job Well Done when they don't think you are looking!!
30) Find Fun Activities that Require Patience
31) Teaching Diversity: Watch Movies that Introduce New Places
32) Teaching Diversity: Have Kids Write to Pen Pals
33) Teaching Diversity: Make a game out of learning about different cultures
34) Capitalize on "Teaching Moments" in Life
35) Forget the Clock
36) Encourage Cooperative Work
37) Foster Family Participation
38) Set Family Goals
39) Encourage them to be and express Themselves
40) Don't Embarrass Them
41) Teach them the Importance of a Smile – by example is best
42) Encourage Emotions
43) Point out and Praise good behavior
44) Learn to Listen to your child as much as you expect them to listen to you
45) Helping Hands – Teach your child the importance of helping others
46) The Walk Away – Learn to pick your battles
47) Understand Who Your Child Is and Talk to Them
48) Be An Apparent Parent
49) Monitor Online Activity
50) Teach Your Child to Stand Up For Themselves
51) Get Involved with Your Child
52) Tell Your Child What You Expect
53) Know Their Friends
54) Talk About Drug & Alcohol Use with Your Kids
55) Appreciate Who They Are
56) Don't Undermine Your Child's Ability
57) Don't Underestimate Your Child's Abilities
58) Encourage new experiences and be less fearful of new situations.
59) Set routines, be consistent
60) Explain, Educate, Talk, Listen, Encourage, Praise, Support and Cheer On
61) Teach to Return an Insult with a Compliment
62) Allow Your Children to Express Their Feelings at Home.
63) Forster an open atmosphere at home and not be judgmental.
64) Let them Know They Should Never Tolerate Being Made to Feel Uncomfortable by others
65) Don't Give Answers Provide Direction
66) Encourage Them to Try it On Their Own
67) Make Opportunities to Challenge Them
68) Be Proud of Them and Their Accomplishments
69) Teach kids by example to Respect Others
70) Teach the Art of Saying "I'm Sorry."
71) Take a Deep Breath before Responding
72) Encourage Truthfulness
73) Teach Your Child How to Apologize
74) Encourage Empathy
75) Demonstrate Patience
76) Talk to Them about Money and teach savings
77) Teach them That They Can't Have It All
78) Master Table Manners
79) Teach kids How to Share Those Prized Possessions
80) Have Your Children Write Thank You Notes
81) Kill the Tube, spend time together
82) Tell Them You Trust Them
83) Establish a Set of Family Rules
84) Talk to Your Children about the Rules
85) Set Concrete Consequences for Breaking a Rule
86) Enforce Rules CALMLY
87) Include Your Child in the Rule Making
88) Know When to Bend the Rules
89) Remember They Are Not You
90) Complement them on Their Individuality
91) Ask Your Self if it will Matter in Five Years
92) Teach Self Respect
93) Respect Your Child
94) Talk to them not At Them
95) Listen to them Actively
96) Give Them the Right to Present Their Case, but Don't Just Give In
97) Follow the Best of the Examples You Had Growing Up
98) Teach Your Child How to Greet Someone
99) Encourage Them To Try
100) Get Healthy together (family hikes, bikerides, etc)
101) You Had Your Childhood, Let Them Have Theirs
Wow, there you have it. What are your best parenting tips? Go down to the bottom of this page and add yours!
Here are even more tips:
102) If you want to see a change in your child’s behavior focus on the positive things they are doing so that they will do more of those positive things.
103)Many kids are afraid to apologize. Teach them through example. Admitting your mistakes should never be a sign of weakness, but of strength
104) "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." To this day, especially in times of "disaster," I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world." – Fred Rogers