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.
Make it part of your parenting to teach your children how to be good to you and others. It may seem obvious, but it won’t hurt to intentionally reinforce the message.
Help your children show love and kindness to their friends. Suggest ways, such as sending a card or making a phone call, they can let people know that they are important to them.
Take care of yourself! It’s not selfish; it’s critical. If you don’t love and appreciate yourself it’s a lot harder to love and appreciate others.
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