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.
Don’t try to remove all suffering from your kids’ lives; it isn’t possible and it’s not good for them. Help them find meaning and benefit in the hardships they encounter.
Bring your kids together with their grandparents or surrogate grandparents for an outing, meal, or other activity. Both generations will benefit from the time together.
As a parent, you juggle ways to use your time. Remember that you will never regret time spent with your kids.
When your children talk to you, stop what you are doing, look at them, and really try to hear what they are saying.
The next time you have a family project (such as cleaning your house), turn it into a game. Play music and have a contest or race.
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