culture 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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779 45
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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738 38
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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732 35
Listen Actively is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Listen Actively

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736 19
Teach Your Children Responsibi... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
zxray added Teach Your Children Responsibility

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689 45
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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Treat Your Child With Respect is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Treat Your Child With Respect

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693 52
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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Teach Them to Treat Others As ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
zxray added Teach Them to Treat Others As They Would Want to Be Treated

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Make Yourself Available (Unplu... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Make Yourself Available (Unplug)

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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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592 44
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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598 32
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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Love Your Children is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Love Your Children

Things You Spend the Most Time Doing as a Parent

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528 42
Praise Your Children is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Praise Your Children

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Encourage Your Children to Exp... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Encourage Your Children to Express Themselves

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Avoid Publicly Humiliating You... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Avoid Publicly Humiliating Your Child

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561 26
Be Consistent is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Be Consistent

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505 28
Teach Them the Value/Cost of T... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
zxray added Teach Them the Value/Cost of Things

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516 26
Set Boundaries is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Set Boundaries

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486 43
Encourage Healthy Eating Habit... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Encourage Healthy Eating Habits

The Best Dog Breeds for Families

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479 42
Avoid Favoritism is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Avoid Favoritism

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Adapt Your Parenting to Your K... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Adapt Your Parenting to Your Kid's Age and Situation

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Eat Dinner Together As a Famil... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Eat Dinner Together As a Family

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Lead by Example is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Lead by Example

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388 48
Avoid Comparing Your Children ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Avoid Comparing Your Children to Others

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418 46
Let Your Kids Fail & Learn... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Let Your Kids Fail & Learn from Mistakes

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Don't Do Things for Your Child... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Don't Do Things for Your Children That They Should Learn Themselves

Good Games for 6 Year Olds

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Criticize Your Kid's Behavior,... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Criticize Your Kid's Behavior, Not Them

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358 44
Work On Controlling Your Own V... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Work On Controlling Your Own Vices

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356 81
Don't Argue With Your Spouse i... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Don't Argue With Your Spouse in Front of Them

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377 34
Encourage Responsibility by Gi... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Encourage Responsibility by Giving Chores

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353 81
Explain Your Decisions is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Explain Your Decisions

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327 32
Persevere is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Persevere

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Teach Them to Swim is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
zxray added Teach Them to Swim

Things Your Mother Told You... That She Was Right About

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324 45
Let Your Children Choose What ... is listed (or ranked) 36 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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258 74
Provide Access to Some Type of... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
zxray added Provide Access to Some Type of Moral Based Instruction

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265 74
Involve Them in Youth Programs... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
zxray added Involve Them in Youth Programs/Orginizations

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284 61
Teach Them Self Defense is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
zxray added Teach Them Self Defense

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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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Teach by Example is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Teach by Example

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Sleep Train is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
JCGoodrich added Sleep Train

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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

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Always Respond When They Cry is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
ravi2 added Always Respond When They Cry

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Do not use corporal punishment... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
ChloeFletcher added Do not use corporal punishment

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Do not use corporal is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
ChloeFletcher added Do not use corporal