Tips for Parents to Guide Child Development

By Laura L. Smith, Charles H. Elliott

Part of Child Psychology & Development For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Parents’ work never stops. Parents usually do the best job with their kids that they can. Here are a few tips to help them along:

  • Show kids love through hugs, kisses, and pats on the back.

  • Show kids love through words.

  • Keep kids busy — they’ll be less likely to misbehave.

  • Catch children doing good things and praise them for their efforts.

  • When kids misbehave, talk slowly and calmly — keep your own emotions in check.

  • Be clear about your limits, boundaries, and rules.