The ABC's of Parenting
By Leah Davies, M.Ed.
- Accept and value yourself and your child.
- Be consistent, honest, fair, and firm as you relate
to your child.
- Concentrate on what you like about your child and
comment on it.
- Develop interests of your own.
- Encourage your child to discuss ideas and goals,
expressing the belief that he or she can do many things well.
- Forgive your child's mistakes, which are a natural
part of learning.
- Gladly share your time, affection, and support.
- Help your child feel safe and secure.
- Interest your child in work by complimenting his
or her efforts.
- Joyfully take pleasure in life.
- Keep harsh criticisms to yourself; avoid using "should"
- Let your child experience the results of his or her
- Model by example those qualities you want your child
- Negotiate privileges and responsibilities, avoid
- Offer some choices, allowing your child to make decisions.
- Problem-solve with your child, listening carefully
to his or her thoughts and feelings.
- Quit blaming, shaming, and threatening.
- Respect your child's right to grow at his or her
own rate without being pushed or compared to others.
- Share household tasks among all family members so
that your child makes a contribution and feels a sense of belonging.
- Take time to read with your child, thus instilling
a love of books and learning.
- Use a photo album to record pleasant family memories.
- Value honesty, kindness, dependability, truthfulness
- Weather trials together as a family.
- eXamine your attitude toward your child.
- Yield to professional advice concerning healthy living
- Zestfully participate in a variety of family traditions
Used by permission of the author,
Leah Davies, and selected from the Kelly Bear website [www.kellybear.com]
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