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As parents you have a huge responsibility to help your child to grow to be a responsible and mature adult. This is a long term commitment. Here are some tips to help you.
Remember you are the parent:
Children sometimes act as if they are in charge. They act like they want to be in charge, but the truth is they want the parent to be in charge. Accept your role as your family’s leader. Children will balk and complain but they need your experience and the maturity you posses in order for them to learn how to make positive decisions and to behave in a socially acceptable way.
Your child needs you to be their parent at all times. Being a parent means saying “No”. Your child wants and needs you as a parent not as a friend.
Set your clear expectations and limits. Set consequences for not following expectations and limits. Do stick to them. If you have a consequence and you are inconsistent in following through you only teach your child that at any given time they can misbehave and get away with it. Children can also be very persistent. They learn early when and how parents will give in. Parents must be more persistent that their child follow their clear expectations and rules.
Choices are fine if they become a win-win situation for both parent and child. Don’t offer endless choices and don’t reward every little thing.
Children who tend to get more for nothing end up appreciating less and still expecting more. Thank and praise your child in order to build “intrinsic” value. Encourage your child to help and support others. This will build a sense of community and help them understand they are a small part of the world but they can make a difference.
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