Parenting Tips

  1. Talk to your child. Ask about his/her day every day.Provide support and/or encouragement.
  2.  Be approachable.
  3. Avoid over-reacting to minor transgression or rulebreaking.
  4. Encourage healthy habits! Diet AND exercise are incredibly important. Be consistent with rules and consequences. Predictability is comforting to children.
  5. Ignore minor misbehavior that meant to annoy (whining, pouting, ect.)
  6. Remain calm! If your child is about to make you” lose it” then take a time out or call someone for help.
  7. Hold regular family meeting to discuss issues and other family – related topics.
  8. Try using behavior contracts, a behavior chart, or a behavior program to improve your child’s behavior.
  9. Avoid bailing your child out of trouble every time he/she gets in to it.
  10. Teach and encourage positive character traits (honesty, integrity, responsibility, respect, ect. )
  11. Teach and encourage the use of coping-skills to help your child deal with difficult feelings, poor choices and unacceptable urges or impulses.
  12. Establish parental authority EARLY ON or your job as a parent will be much more challenging over the years.
  13. Have fun being a parent. There’s no reason that parenting should be considered a burden.
  14. Be a good role-model! Your kids may not listen to you very well but they are indeed watching!