Tips To Be Better Parent

. 3/27/09

At the end of the year holidays, I kick back and put my feet up. I am also happy to read on a large scale for some inspiration to help me in the coming years.

Here are two quotes I read during my break really resonated with me:

"If you want more children and a better society than you have better parents." Maurice Balson.

"Parenting is probably the most important public health issue facing our society." Professor Graham Vimpani

Thinking about these two quotes helped me guidance and impetus for the coming year. So in that spirit, I have listed 21 leyden ideas, inspire and revitalize you a better parent in 2009. Read the list and select a few ideas to focus on the coming months. Often only a small change is necessary for a large impact on your children.


1. Building traditions in your family.
There is no better way to bind your family memories and to create your own traditions and rituals. Traditions anchor children with their families and their child hoods. Tradition can be translated as "this is the way we do things in our family."

2. Building self-belief in children.
It goes without faith it is held many children back from reaching their real best. Put the work in the development of courage imperfect "so that children are not afraid of brass up. It is through mistakes that children learn and grow. Learn more about your child's self-confidence.

3. Build skills in children.
Self-knowledge is the best knowledge that children can have. The best way to do this is to develop the habit of the description of the children is good. If they do something (or not so special) tell what they have done. "I love the way your nana greeted with a smile. You're really good with people. "This is a part of their internal self-reference system was told to them by a significant adults in their lives.

4. Encourage children to be self-occupiers.
Kids' ability to deal can not be underestimated. Avoid rushing when they are bored. Suggest ideas will provide entertainment. Self-residents easily in the state of flow and lost in the game that much for the achievement and mental health.

5. Balance boredom with crowds.
Leave some spaces in Kids' schedules for some time and hang-muck-around time. These are good for the building of family relations and the promotion of mental health.

6. Promote a sense of generosity.
Moving children from 'I' to 'we' is the work of these days. Encourage children volunteer, give some pocket money to charity and unused toys to give away their sense of 'other'.

7. Parent engine differently for each child.
You can bet your bottom dollar terms with a child will not work with a flexible with your behavior, communication and relationship-building skills. Read Why first borns rule the world and last borns want to change.

8. Aware model the behavior you want.
Children will sometimes do what you say, but will always do what you do. If you want them to be generous and kind-spirited then you have no other choice but to generous and kind-spirited yourself.

9. Have at least five family meals per week.
Sit down and breaking bread together as a family or group to build strong families and gives you the chance to talk. Do you want to affect your children and their thinking than you need to talk with them. Meals offer these opportunities.

10. Building redundancy into your parenting.
You do not want your children with you as it forty, so you had better start making yourself redundant now. Some people waiting for a certain age before they let the children themselves. Construction scaffolds for the independence of the earliest possible age. Leer them, then give them opportunities to self. Even three year olds to their beds - just not as good as when ten.

11. Give the children a map and a compass.
Like explorers have a map and a compass for them when an unknown area, children must have a map and a compass to them when they meet the difficult and different situations. The card that they have made what they know of you and your life. This helps them work less clever than smart behavior. The compass is from the values that you live so that they know from wrong.

12. Make it easy for children to be good.
Kids usually want to behave, but many find hard behaves. Make it easy for them by lowering your standards, but through a soft memories, setting up simple routines and give simple verbal signals. Read One Step Ahead in more of your children's Best Behavior.

13. Leer children financially smart.
Financial SMARTS begins at home. Give them pocket money on a regular basis and enable them to have some control over their spending. That their own personal ATM and not their money whenever they want.

14. Help children appreciate what they have.
Some children have a standard mechanism that is negative and self-centered. Encourage them to look on the bright side and is grateful for what they have instead of always want to or greater emphasis on what they do not have.

15. Focus on feelings not only behavior.
Next time a child asks for an extension to stay, because they engaged in a fun activity to go against the behavior of management and move in emotional intelligence mode. "It is wonderful to see you happy and really enjoy that game. How is it so fun?" Then move them to bed while you listen.

16. Understand the development of the child.
Some stages are harder than others, and different stages require different things from children. Early childhood is about bonding and then abort. Middle childhood is on developing skills and self-esteem and adolescence is identity formation and break off. Each stage has its own joys and challenges for parents. Rate each phase and do not wish them away.

17. Building mental health skills.
The World Health Organization predicts that mental health is the biggest health problem in the developed world in the coming decades. Leer children a good mental health skills at home by helping them relax, cope with anxiety and talk about their daily challenges without fear to be assessed.

18. The hope that someone in their lives.
Life can suck sometimes when you have a child. Offer children hope that things will get better or they get used to difficult situations. Help them set goals or do something that will help alleviate a problem. Learn about Resilience Bring in your child resilience.

19. Focus on relationships, not rules.
It is difficult to fight with someone if you so make sure you have something in common with each of your children. The love languages approach (Google Love languages) provides a framework that helps you connect with each of your children.

20. Construction sections of the community around the children.
Family, friends, teachers, coaches, people in the wider community forms a protective circle around children, help them safe and prevent them from falling through the cracks. Promote a sense of community. Let them bring friends home. Encourage them to take the community-based activities and value relationships with the coaches, teachers and people in their neighborhood.

21. Living a Happy Kids Parenting Seminar this year.
Get your blueprints for the development of trust and the nature of my children from your child's confidence seminars in all mainland capitals in February / March and the increase of good children seminars in August / September. Both workshops are free bonus before I can answer your pressing questions. Find out how and where, by visiting my website.


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