feeding and clothing, to kissing away the boo-boos and protecting
them from upset and emotional hurts -- let's face it. Babies are high maintenance!
the best early
education for them. Then you want them to be civil-minded and play well with others that one day they will grow into successful adults.
no single formula for successful parenting, and most parents
who have been through it all will tell you to throw away the
child-rearing books. Instead, tailor your parenting style
to your particular child's behavior
and emotional development.
fine, but don't overlook practical guidance available from
other parents that have come before. Choose ideas that you
feel may be helpful, and then hope you're going in the right
direction! In short,
there's no one expert you can turn to, but you. Meanwhile, don't even THINK about the guilt trap parents often fall into when raising kids. Do your best and your kids will know it. If not, they will eventually - especially after having a child of their own!
Boil it all down to one principle, and good parenting means loving
and respecting your child no matter what.
Simple? Ask any experienced parent and they'll probably tell
you that at times (see the teen
years) loving them through thick and thin may be the hardest
test of all.
haven't noticed already, your kids are watching your every
move. So don't overlook guides geared to parents on
how to hold on to personal happiness (and sanity) as you deal
with life's chaos, both yours and theirs.
maintaining emotional balance may be the single most important
influence you may have in teaching your kids to do the same.
who knows? In the not-too-distant future - as successful and
well-rounded adults with kids of their own - your kids may
even thank you.
It's no big secret how parents can easily manipulate kids
into doing what they want, but out of all age groups it's
young children who have an unerring radar for knowing
when they're not getting the love AND respect they crave
Moving into a strange neighborhood or just meeting up
with new parents can be stressful, but here are some helpful
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Hire a professional or college student?) that it may take
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