Daily tasks and chores designed for the age and ability of each child provide them experiences in taking care of themselves. Parents recognize that making each child responsible for himself or herself avoids sibling rivalry and teaches self-reliance.
Parents Provide a Listening Ear
Parents are ready to listen to their children, realizing communication goes both ways. They express interest in their children and their lives, listening to accounts of daily activities and problems, both large and small.
Parents Provide Effective Discipline
Loving parents set boundaries such as bedtimes and curfews, so that their children learn that they have limitations. They also establish enforceable, reasonable rules and clearly communicate the consequences of breaking the rules.
Parents Teach Healthy Living
Parents encourage their children to have a healthy lifestyle. They do so by making sure that their children eat healthy food, get plenty of exercise, and get enough rest every night.
Parents Are Good Role Models
Parents model the behavior and character they want their child to adopt. They do so by setting a good example. They are not perfect and may make mistakes, but when they do so, they admit it and apologize.
Parents Allow Their Kids to Experience Life for Themselves
When children get old enough to make decisions for themselves, parents encourage them to choose activities to participate in and friends to play with on their own. Allowing children to realize their actions have consequences helps them to become good problem solvers and decision makers. They allow their children to make their own mistakes recognizing life is a great teacher.
Being a parent is one of the most fulfilling and rewarding experiences of life, but that does not mean it is easy. No matter what age child is being dealt with, parenting is work that is never done. To be a good parent, you need to know how to make your children feel valued and loved
and teach them the difference between right and wrong. Parents who succeed definitely deserve a pat on the back for all they do.