Simple parenting tips

LynnetteOK By LynnetteOK, 7th May 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Parenting doesn't have to be complicated. You can have happy, well-mannered children if you follow these simple tips.

Learning to parent

I've discovered that now that my children are all grown and gone, I've finally learned how to be a wonderful parent. It's strange how that happens. When my kids were young (I have four), I was winging it every step of the way. I made mistakes and learned as I went. There were, however, some things I got right. I'd like to pass them along to you.

Teaching children manners

I've always been a stickler for manners. Rude children irritate me to no end. But how do you teach children to be polite?
The most important thing is to be polite to your children. Kids do what you do, not what you say. When children "forget" to use their manners, a simple reminder is usually enough.
Another important thing is consistency. Reminders need to be given every time manners are not used. If you let it slide sometimes, kids think they only have to be polite sometimes.

How to stop the whining

My kids learned early on that whining simply didn't work. When one of them started whining for something they were told, "I can't hear you when you talk like that. When you decide to talk so that I can understand you, then we'll discuss it." I didn't have to tell them that very often. Children do what works to get them what they want. If the behavior doesn't accomplish that, they won't do it.

The flip side to this is to listen when they are talking. Even if the answer is no, speaking rather than whining got them heard.

Reward positive behavior

It's easy to notice when children misbehave. It takes more of an effort to notice when they're being good. It will do wonders for your children if you will look for a reason to tell them how good they're doing as often as possible.
It doesn't have to be huge. Acknowledging something as simple as a good job picking up toys or using good manners will make for happy and confident children.

Use common sense

Chances are, if you treat your children the way you'd like to be treated, they will respect and listen to you. It doesn't have to be complicated. It's mostly common sense. I'd love to hear what works for you.
As always, comments and/or questions are welcome.


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