Having a child that is healthy and happy is very challenging for most parents but when achieved, it is very satisfying and rewarding. Every person will have their way of approaching parenting.

We might use methods we learned from our parents, use our gut instinct, or read about it in books or articles. No matter how one chooses to approach it, this article will look at 10 basic principles of parenting

1. Your behavior plays a massive role

The way that you interact with others is very important because your child will observe that and follow what you do. If you treat people with respect or treat them horribly, your child will follow suit. Be a positive influence in your child’s life and treat people well.

2. Be loving to your child

You have to make sure that your child knows you love them endlessly. Children who don’t feel the love from their parents don’t turn out to have a positive impact on society.

3. Be part of your child’s life

With many parents working full time, it can be hard to be part of your child’s life. You should also put the needs of your child first and be there for them both physically and mentally.

4. Your parenting skills should match your child

No two children will behave or develop the same and it is up to you to keep up. When your child is growing and learning new things, adapt your parenting skills to fit where your child is in their life and all will be ok.

5. Make sure the rules that you set are followed

You should always aim to teach your child to follow rules because they will find it hard to manage things on their own when they are older.

6. Support them when they do things independently

Resist any temptation to help your child whenever they are struggling. Let them figure out certain things on their own and encourage them to be independent. It will serve them well long term and be successful in life.

7. Consistency is very important

Don’t change your rules all the time as a parent. Make sure they are consistent across the board to avoid confusion.

8. Be careful how you discipline your child

Beating or slapping your child can make them aggressive and turn them into a bully. Time out is known to be effective because you will not show any aggression to your child.

9. Make sure your child understands the decisions you make and rules set

If your child needs a few things cleared up for them, sit down with them, and explain everything. Tell your child what you expect from them without over-explaining.

10. Always respect your child

Treat your child the way you would want to be treated if you were in their shoes. This is the best approach. It strengthens the bond you have with them and they will not be afraid to come to you if something is bothering them.

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