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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!
  
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    Express Love and Affection

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    Be a Good Role Model

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    Establish and Set Rules

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    Listen Actively

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    Be Consistent

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    Spend a Lot of Quality Time With Your Kids

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    Teach Them the Difference Between Right and Wrong

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    Treat Your Child With Respect

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    Make Yourself Available (Unplug)

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    Avoid Favoritism

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    Be Involved in Your Child's Life

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    Teach Them to Treat Others As They Would Want to Be Treated

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    Praise Your Children

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    Avoid Publicly Humiliating Your Child

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    Encourage Your Children's Independence

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    Read to Your Children

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    Teach Your Children Responsibility

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    Encourage Your Children to Express Themselves

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    Don't Do Things for Your Children That They Should Learn Themselves

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    Eat Dinner Together As a Family

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    Set Boundaries

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    Adapt Your Parenting to Your Kid's Age and Situation

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    Lead by Example

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    Let Your Kids Fail & Learn from Mistakes

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    Encourage Healthy Eating Habits

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    Encourage Responsibility by Giving Chores

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    Provide Access to Some Type of Moral Based Instruction

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    Don't Argue With Your Spouse in Front of Them

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    Work On Controlling Your Own Vices

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    Teach Them the Value/Cost of Things

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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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    Explain Your Decisions

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    Teach Them to Swim

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    Involve Them in Youth Programs/Orginizations

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    Teach Them Self Defense

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    Love Your Children

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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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    Be Positive

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    Avoid Punishing Your Children Too Harshly

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    new! Sleep Train

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    Always Respond When They Cry

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