The 6 P's of Successful Parenting
I once wrote an article detailing the "7 C's of Successful Parenting." After completing that article, I came to realize that I was missing a few important traits. I began to brainstorm other important traits and soon realized that each of the others I came up with began with the letter "P"...so here is another article, this time detailing the "6 P's of Successful Parenting:"
Patience. Without patience a parent simply can't function as a parent. Whining, complaining, dawdling, and arguing (to name a few) are daily occurrences that must be dealt with when one has children. It is therefore imperative that you have patience if you are going to have kids.
Practice. "Practice makes perfect," or so they say. Parenting is all about trial and error. What doesn't work one day just might work the next. It takes a lot of practice to be a "seasoned" parent. Even with practice though, you will be constantly dealing with new challenges and unexpected problems.
Playfulness. Get down on your hands and knees and play with your children. They will always appreciate and (usually) remember the times that you engaged in activities with them. Playing with your children is also a great way to role-model positive social skills and problem-solving strategies.
Perseverance. When all else fails, keep trying! Parenting takes a great deal of effort and requires a level of determination that rivals even the most difficult of tasks.
Pride. Be proud of your child and let him or her know that frequently. Hang their artwork from the fridge, go to their sports games, compliment them on their effort, praise their good behavior, etc.
Being Positive. Don't expect your child to have a positive attitude if you yourself can't have one. Be aware of your voice-tone when speaking to your child. Negativity breeds negativity.
Can you think of any others?
Chris Theisen is the creator of The Parent Coach Plan, a simple and easy-to-use in-home discipline program that provides parents with the information and tools that are needed to establish effective discipline. Use this program to develop a firm, fair, consistent, and structured discipline regimen in your home.
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