THE TEN BEST PARENTING TIPS EVER
From Parents for Parents
1. Establish a daily routine with your child and stick to it as much as possible. Children behave better in a daily, predictable routine.
2. Make sure you plan for "me" time. You need some time for yourself and a break from your child.
3. Learn to listen—really listen—to what your child is saying.
4. Join a parent support group to meet other parents. Knowing other parents for support and advice is important. You’ll find that you’re not alone.
5. Speak respectfully to your child just like you would to anyone else. Never call your child harmful names.
6. When your anger starts getting out of control, walk away and regain control. It is better to do nothing than to do something you will regret.
7. Never share a bed with your small child. Children need their own crib or bed for safe sleep.
8. Allow your child to get to know other people and children. If you need to leave your child with someone, the separation anxiety will be easier if he or she is familiar with other people. It is also important that you really know and trust who you leave your child with.
9. If your relationship with your spouse/partner is troubled, get help. Parenting is easier when parents (and other adults in the household) get along well and maintain a united front on parenting issues.
10. Give your child what he or she needs and what is best for them but not necessarily everything they want.
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