How to Be a Good Parent

There's always more to learn when it comes to being a good parent: here are some tips you can use to meet your goal of raising healthy, happy, well-adjusted children.

Instructions

  • TIP: Notoriously impatient, children desire instant gratification. Children need to learn to wait and to understand that the wants and needs of others sometimes take precedent.
  • Step 1: Tend to your own needs. Make time for yourself and recommit to your relationship with your partner, if you have one. Demonstrate to your child the importance of a healthy, happy relationship between parents. Be a teacher who leads by example to create a loving home environment and your child will grow to be a happy, well-adjusted adult.
  • FACT: A 3-year-old's brain is twice as active as an adult's.
  • Step 2: Learn how and when to say no to your child. Of course, parents want to give their children everything, but saying no to superfluous wants is beneficial to their emotional growth.
  • Step 3: Learn to accept your child for who they are. Don't try to control their behavior to get them to develop and behave like a textbook kid. Encourage their special interests and behaviors so that they reach their potential without being controlled and stifled into what you think they should become.
  • Step 4: Understand crying. Remember that it's not your fault -- babies cry. They might need something, but they might just be temperamental. Of course, you'll try to figure out what's wrong, but understand that there may not be anything you can do.
  • TIP: When you're at home with a newborn, accept any and all help offered by friends and family members -- the less stressed you are, the better parent you will be.
  • Step 5: Be empathetic. Look at the world through your child's eyes. When they're upset, ask yourself how you would feel if you were in their place. Ask yourself how you would want your parents to act in the situation.
  • Step 6: When you have a newborn, pick them up whenever they cry. Babies don't have the capacity to be manipulative. Crying is a baby's only method of communication and should be responded to.

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