Parenting children of any age is a relationship stressor. Be good to your partner and yourself. If your relationship isn’t as strong as it could be, talk about it. Kids need a healthy parenting team.
Have you ever asked your children what they feel is an appropriate consequence for problem behavior?
Scout for one new resource on parenting. As you read, try to find at least one new important insight that you can put into practice right away.
Look for the humor when the challenges and surprises of parenting present themselves in your life.
Think of some amazing and wonderful change in your child, and tell her or him about it.
Think of a new responsibility or privilege to help empower your child.
Notice when your child brings an unexpected lesson into your life. Try to remember to always say thank you.
The next time you feel like a parenting failure, call someone and commiserate. Having a network of support is an important parenting tool.
Give yourself a break and don’t try to be a perfect parent. No one is, unless you consider that maybe we are all perfect just as we are.
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