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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1,271 114
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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1,250 84
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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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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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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1,163 112
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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1,042 64
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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1,008 81
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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1,006 55
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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976 65
Encourage Your Children's Inde... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Encourage Your Children's Independence

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897 88
Praise Your Children is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Praise Your Children

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954 105
Read to Your Children is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Read to Your Children

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Avoid Publicly Humiliating You... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Avoid Publicly Humiliating Your Child

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

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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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913 54
Be Consistent is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Be Consistent

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844 56
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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811 82
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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856 55
Set Boundaries is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Set Boundaries

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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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734 57
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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Avoid Comparing Your Children ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Avoid Comparing Your Children to Others

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694 56
Lead by Example is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list How to Be a Good Parent
Lead by Example