March 13, 2017
- Talk to your child. Ask about his/her day every day.Provide support and/or encouragement.
- Be approachable.
- Avoid over-reacting to minor transgression or rulebreaking.
- Encourage healthy habits! Diet AND exercise are incredibly important. Be consistent with rules and consequences. Predictability is comforting to children.
- Ignore minor misbehavior that meant to annoy (whining, pouting, ect.)
- Remain calm! If your child is about to make you” lose it” then take a time out or call someone for help.
- Hold regular family meeting to discuss issues and other family – related topics.
- Try using behavior contracts, a behavior chart, or a behavior program to improve your child’s behavior.
- Avoid bailing your child out of trouble every time he/she gets in to it.
- Teach and encourage positive character traits (honesty, integrity, responsibility, respect, ect. )
- Teach and encourage the use of coping-skills to help your child deal with difficult feelings, poor choices and unacceptable urges or impulses.
- Establish parental authority EARLY ON or your job as a parent will be much more challenging over the years.
- Have fun being a parent. There’s no reason that parenting should be considered a burden.
- Be a good role-model! Your kids may not listen to you very well but they are indeed watching!