Children's Stuff How to Be a Good Parent  

Stan Holton
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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!
  
Read and vote on these parenting tips and add new bits of parenting advice if you have something to share.   
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Express Love and Affection is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Express Love and Affection

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Be a Good Role Model is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Be a Good Role Model

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Teach Them the Difference Betw... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Teach Them the Difference Between Right and Wrong

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Teach Your Children Responsibi... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Teach Your Children Responsibility

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Treat Your Child With Respect is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Treat Your Child With Respect

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Spend a Lot of Quality Time Wi... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Spend a Lot of Quality Time With Your Kids

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Listen Actively is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Listen Actively

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Establish and Set Rules is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Establish and Set Rules

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Make Yourself Available (Unplu... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Make Yourself Available (Unplug)

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Teach Them to Treat Others As ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Teach Them to Treat Others As They Would Want to Be Treated

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Be Involved in Your Child's Li... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Be Involved in Your Child's Life

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Read to Your Children is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Read to Your Children

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Encourage Your Children's Inde... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Encourage Your Children's Independence

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Praise Your Children is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Praise Your Children

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Love Your Children is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Love Your Children

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Be Consistent is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Be Consistent

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Teach Them the Value/Cost of T... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Teach Them the Value/Cost of Things

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Avoid Publicly Humiliating You... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Avoid Publicly Humiliating Your Child

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Set Boundaries is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Set Boundaries

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Encourage Your Children to Exp... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Encourage Your Children to Express Themselves

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Encourage Healthy Eating Habit... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Encourage Healthy Eating Habits

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Avoid Favoritism is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Avoid Favoritism

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Eat Dinner Together As a Famil... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Eat Dinner Together As a Family

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Don't Do Things for Your Child... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Don't Do Things for Your Children That They Should Learn Themselves

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Adapt Your Parenting to Your K... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Adapt Your Parenting to Your Kid's Age and Situation

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Lead by Example is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Lead by Example

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Encourage Responsibility by Gi... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Encourage Responsibility by Giving Chores

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Let Your Kids Fail & Learn... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Let Your Kids Fail & Learn from Mistakes

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Avoid Comparing Your Children ... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Avoid Comparing Your Children to Others

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Don't Argue With Your Spouse i... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Don't Argue With Your Spouse in Front of Them

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Work On Controlling Your Own V... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Work On Controlling Your Own Vices

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Criticize Your Kid's Behavior,... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Criticize Your Kid's Behavior, Not Them

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Explain Your Decisions is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Explain Your Decisions

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Persevere is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Persevere

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Provide Access to Some Type of... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Provide Access to Some Type of Moral Based Instruction

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Involve Them in Youth Programs... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Involve Them in Youth Programs/Orginizations

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Teach Them to Swim is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Teach Them to Swim

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Teach Them Self Defense is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Teach Them Self Defense

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Let Your Children Choose What ... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Let Your Children Choose What They Want to Do With Their Life Themselves

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Respect Your Child's Privacy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Respect Your Child's Privacy

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Avoid Punishing Your Children ... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Avoid Punishing Your Children Too Harshly

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Sleep Train is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list How to Be a Good Parent

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Always Respond When They Cry is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Always Respond When They Cry

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Don't Make Decisions for Your ... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Don't Make Decisions for Your Child