Top 10 Parenting Tips
1. Lead by Example. Put God first in your home. Raise your family to know the path that God as designed. Surround your family with positive influences from friends and music to after school activities.
2. Know that the choices you make as a parent matter. Your kids are always watching you and imitating what they see. Make choices you can be proud of, living the life God intended for you.
- Make time for what’s important.
- Make your marriage priority.
- Make healthy food choices.
- Think before you act. Think before you speak.
3. Get to know the world they your children live in. Kids today face very different challenges than you did, so take time to learn about what they’re dealing with.
- What’s popular?
- Who do they want to be like?
- What pressures are they dealing with in school?
- What subjects do they love or struggle with?
4. Talk and Listen. The amount of trouble kids get into outside the home is directly proportional to the amount of words spoken in the home! So the more time you spend in conversation with your kids, the less likely they are to get in trouble at school.
- Talk about things that don’t matter as well as things that do matter.
- Have family dinners with open conversation.
- Quietly listen to what they have to say.
5. Help them to help themselves. They will feel a sense of mastery over their own environment and grow to be more independent.
- Don’t do homework for them, help them to make time to do it themselves.
- Don’t clean up for them, make cleaning their room an easy daily task for them to do.
- Set limits.
6. Be the parent not the friend. Your kids have access to young friends all day at school, what they need at home is a support system of adults. Your parenting will change as their needs change. Be sure to grow with them and be sensitive to what they need, not what they want.
7. Spend quality time. Fill your home with laughter, and family time. Plan a weekly family time for games, baking and out for dinner. Spoil them with love, not things.
8. Be consistent. Follow through every time. Children respond to predictability and will learn your non-negotiables quickly if you stick to it.
9. Respect. Treat your child with respect and they will in turn, treat you with respect and learn to treat others with respect too. Treat them the way you would treat any other adult; the way you want to be treated.
10. Discipline. Explain your rules and decisions clearly so they understand what you’re doing. There’s no point in punishment if the child doesn’t understand why.
- Avoid harsh discipline.
- Pick your battles wisely and know when to let something go.
- Focus on the good not the bad.
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