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How to Be a Good Parent

Tips and tricks for how to be a good parent--the best parenting advice available online. Good parenting tips are added here and voted on by experienced parents. Parenting, it goes without saying, is tough. As a parent, you have the responsibility not only for keeping your little ones safe and healthy, but also for showing them the difference between right and wrong, teaching your kids responsibility and supporting their efforts and growing independence. There are many different approaches to parenting--some parents are stern and authoritative while others are more lenient. There are not necessarily "right" and "wrong" ways to be a good parent, but there are a few key pieces of advice that the best parents have picked up and shared with each other throughout the years. 

What is a good parent? Generally good parents prepare their children to be happy, engaged members of society. Just how they do this may differ according to personalities, but generally, qualities of a good parent tend to be: generous, loving, encouraging and consistent. Parents should not be their kids best friends! We all want our children to love us and be happy spending time with us, but sometimes rules and boundaries are just as important as giving hugs and kisses. That said, parenting is a journey and it should be fun. Don't be too hard on yourself or your children and enjoy their childhood while it lasts!
  
Read and vote on these parenting tips and add new bits of parenting advice if you have something to share.   
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    most listed Be a Good Role Model

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    Express Love and Affection

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    Spend a Lot of Quality Time With Your Kids

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    ranked low on reranks & added by zxray Teach Your Children Responsibility

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    Teach Them the Difference Between Right and Wrong

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    Listen Actively

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    ranked low on reranks Make Yourself Available (Unplug)

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    Establish and Set Rules

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    Treat Your Child With Respect

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    added by zxray Teach Them to Treat Others As They Would Want to Be Treated

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    Read to Your Children

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    Encourage Your Children's Independence

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Avoid Publicly Humiliating Your Child

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    Be Involved in Your Child's Life

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    Praise Your Children

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    Encourage Your Children to Express Themselves

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    Avoid Favoritism

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    ranked low on reranks Love Your Children

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Don't Do Things for Your Children That They Should Learn Themselves

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    ranked low on reranks & added by zxray Teach Them the Value/Cost of Things

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    Encourage Healthy Eating Habits

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    Be Consistent

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    Eat Dinner Together As a Family

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    Adapt Your Parenting to Your Kid's Age and Situation

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    ranked low on reranks Set Boundaries

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    Let Your Kids Fail & Learn from Mistakes

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    Don't Argue With Your Spouse in Front of Them

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    Criticize Your Kid's Behavior, Not Them

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    Avoid Comparing Your Children to Others

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    Lead by Example

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    Work On Controlling Your Own Vices

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    added by Bootsdad Be Positive

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    Explain Your Decisions

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    added by zxray Involve Them in Youth Programs/Orginizations

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    Encourage Responsibility by Giving Chores

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    added by zxray Provide Access to Some Type of Moral Based Instruction

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    added by zxray Teach Them to Swim

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    added by zxray Teach Them Self Defense

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    Persevere

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    Respect Your Child's Privacy

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    Let Your Children Choose What They Want to Do With Their Life Themselves

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    Avoid Punishing Your Children Too Harshly

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    added by ravi2 Always Respond When They Cry

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