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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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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Listen Actively is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Listen Actively

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Spend a Lot of Quality Time Wi... is listed (or ranked) 5 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) 6 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Treat Your Child With Respect

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Teach Your Children Responsibi... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
zxray added Teach Your Children Responsibility

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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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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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Praise Your Children is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Praise 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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Read to Your Children is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Read to Your Children

16 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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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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Avoid Publicly Humiliating You... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Avoid Publicly Humiliating Your Child

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Encourage Your Children to Exp... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Encourage Your Children to Express Themselves

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Be Consistent is listed (or ranked) 18 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) 19 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
zxray added Teach Them the Value/Cost of Things

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Encourage Healthy Eating Habit... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Encourage Healthy Eating Habits

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Set Boundaries is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Set Boundaries

Good Books for 12 Year Olds

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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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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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Lead by Example is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Lead by Example

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Avoid Comparing Your Children ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Avoid Comparing Your Children to Others

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Let Your Kids Fail & Learn... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Let Your Kids Fail & Learn from Mistakes

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Eat Dinner Together As a Famil... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Eat Dinner Together As a Family

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Criticize Your Kid's Behavior,... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Criticize Your Kid's Behavior, Not Them

Good Crafts for 4 Year Olds

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Don't Do Things for Your Child... is listed (or ranked) 29 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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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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Encourage Responsibility by Gi... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Encourage Responsibility by Giving Chores

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Don't Argue With Your Spouse i... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Don't Argue With Your Spouse in Front of 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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Let Your Children Choose What ... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Let Your Children Choose What They Want to Do With Their Life Themselves

The Most Memorable Advertising Mascots of All Time

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Teach Them to Swim is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
zxray added Teach Them to Swim

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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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Teach Them Self Defense is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
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Involve Them in Youth Programs... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
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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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Do not use corporal punishment... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
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Don't Make Decisions for Your ... is listed (or ranked) 45 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) 46 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
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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