Tuesday, March 18, 2014

5 Great Parenting Rules

So you want some guidelines that you can stick to and that your children will follow? Here are five of them. Remember you are the parent, you make the rules, don’t let your little one be in charge. Offer great praise and rewards. No, not necessarily candy, a new bike, the new Wii game, but love attention and praise.

1. Routine
Have a routine and stick to it. If bedtime is 8 o’clock that means in the bed, teeth brushed, pjs on, getting ready to go to sleep. Keep your home organized and in order. Clutter can be a catastrophe. Set times for waking, meals and bath as well. When the routine is set, you can be flexible. You have probably been on a routine for some time. It gets easier to adjust to after a while, it works the same for children.

2. Warnings
Tell them that it is almost time for dinner or a bath.

3. Restraint
Keep your cool. You have probably handled more in your life than an 8 year old. Count to ten, and remind yourself that you’re in charge. You are the adult they are the children. Do not shout back. Remember kids are kids, they like the game of who can shout the loudest. The problem with this, is that usually the child will yell louder and think its fun. Exercise your cool, calm, control, it will make all the difference, especially in the way your children speak to you.

4. Explain
Explain what you want in a way a child can understand. Keep it simple. If she does something wrong, explain why it is wrong, and ask if she understands the reason. Don’t make things to complicated. Children are pretty smart, they understand what’s going on, because they observe adult.

5. Responsibility
Children can be responsible. There is the notion that children want to grow up quickly. They think work is just a place where you go to check email, hang around other adults, and get paid money to buy toys. Give them incentives to finish a project in an appropriate amount of time. Let them know you believe they can do great things.

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