Do You Practice the 10 Principles of Good Parenting

By:Ariba Khaliq, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:May 29, 2014

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Parenting is a daunting task and there are no set rules to being a good parent. But, a few things are crucial to follow when you want to be good at parenting our child.
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    How do You Deal with Your Child?

    Have you ever wondered how good you are as a parent? Do you ever worry about not being a good enough parent? Good parents teach their children the value of empathy, honesty, self-reliance, self-control, kindness, cooperation and cheerfulness and protect them against developing anxiety, depression, eating disorders, anti-social behavior, and substance abuse. If you believe you are lacking in imparting these qualities in your children, you may want to go through the following points to deal with your children well. Image Courtesy: Getty

     

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    Practice What You Preach

    What you do matters because your children are watching you and they will follow you. Reacting to a moment can be dangerous when it comes to behavioural development in your children. A father who beats his wife can expect his child to do the same.  Image Courtesy: Getty

     

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    Love is Never Enough, Other Things Are

    If you think you are too loving and your love can spoil the child, it’s not true. Showing too much love cannot spoil a child; the by-products of love like leniency, lowered expectations, and material possessions can. Image Courtesy: Getty

     

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    Be Involved

    You will have to rethink and rearrange your priorities to be an involved parent in your child’s life which can often be a time-taking and hard task. But do not mistake being involved with doing your child’s homework or correcting it. It means to be there for them mentally and physically for what your child needs to do. Image Courtesy: Getty

     

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    Keep Pace with Your Child’s Development

    When children grow up, their age affects their behavior. They are driven by a sense of independence with every growing stage. Keep a check on your child’s behavior to detect if they are going through a problem. Once you think they have one, don’t push them to do better but seek diagnosis and treatment by a professional. Image Courtesy: Getty

     

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    Set Rules

    Manage your child’s behavior while they are young so that they don’t have a hard time learning how to manage themselves when they get older and you aren’t around. The rules you teach your child will shape the rules they will apply to themselves. Image Courtesy: Getty

     

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    Encourage Independence in Your Child

    It is as important to encourage independence in your child as it is to set limits for them. The former helps them develop a sense of self-direction while the latter will give them self-control. And they are going to need both these virtues to be successful in their lives. Image Courtesy: Getty

     

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    Be Consistent with Your Behaviour

    When parents aren't consistent in their behaviour, children get confused. Identify your non-negotiables. If you don’t want your child to challenge your authority, base it on wisdom and not on power. Image Courtesy: Getty

     

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    Avoid Harsh Discipline

    No circumstances justify your hitting your child. If you spank, hit, or slap your child, they are more likely to fight with other children, giving rise to a vicious cycle of harassment and behavioural problems.  Image Courtesy: Getty

     

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    Explain Your Decisions

    Usually parents over-explain their decisions to young children and under-explain to adolescents, which is the opposite of how it should be. What is obvious to you is not to your 15-year old. So, lay out your reasons and explanations out loud and clear. Image Courtesy: Getty

     

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    Treat Your Children with Respect

    Like they say “Do unto others what you want them to do unto you.” When you respect your child, they do the same to you and to others. Speak to them politely, respect their opinions, pay attention to their issues, treat them kindly, and please them whenever you can. Image Courtesy: Getty

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