General Parenting Tips - dummies

By Sandra Hardin Gookin, Dan Gookin, May Jo Shaw, Tim Cavell

Part of Parenting For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Let’s face it, parenting is hard work, and any help you can get is great! Take a look at these parenting tips so you can be an effective and happy parent and do it consistently with enthusiasm:

  1. You’re not going to do everything right.

    When you find you’ve handled a situation wrong, correct the error, brush yourself off, and try again.

  2. Being a good parent takes time and patience.

  3. Parenting is a series of trials and errors.

    You learn from your mistakes. Aside from being consistent, following through, and communicating positively, there are very few definite rules on parenting. You have to find what works for yourself and your children.

  4. Don’t give up on your children. Be persistent and keep trying. Your kids need you to be strong.

  5. Have fun with your kids.

    The time when your kids just want to sit and play with you is relatively short. Don’t lose that time. Play with your kids as much as you can. One day they’ll be off running around with their own set of friends and you’ll be begging them for their time.

  6. Turn off the TV and read.

    Reading, talking, walking, and playing is so much more fun than the mesmerizing effects of the TV.