Am I A Good Dad.. actually for anyone parenting.. Am I A Good Parent?
How can I be a good Dad? Actually this is for all parents.. Am I a Good Parent? Have you ever asked yourself this question? Many Dads suffer false guilt over whether or not they are doing the “parent thing” correctly. However, the truth is there is not just one right way to raise children. And there is no such thing as a perfect parent–or a perfect child. Here are some guidelines to help your children grow up healthy and happy:
- Show your love. Every day, tell your children: “I love you. You’re special to me.” Give lots of hugs and kisses.
- Listen when your children talk. Listening to your children tells them that you think they are important and that you are interested in what they have to say.
- Make your children feel safe. Comfort them when they are scared. Show them you have taken steps to protect them.
- Provide order in their lives. Keep a regular schedule of meals, naps and bedtimes. If you have to change the schedule, tell them about the changes ahead of time.
- Praise your children. When your children learn something new or behave well, tell them you are proud of them.
- Criticize the behavior, not the child. When your child makes a mistake, don’t say, “You were bad.” Instead, explain what the child did wrong. For example, say: “Running into the street without looking isn’t safe.” Then tell the child what to do instead: “First, look both ways for cars.”
- Be consistent. Your rules don’t have to be the same ones other parents have, but they do need to be clear and consistent. (Consistent means the rules are the same all the time.) If two parents are raising a child, both need to use the same rules. Also, make sure baby sitters and relatives know, and follow, your family rules.
- Spend time with your children. Do things together, like reading, walking, playing and cleaning house. What children want most is your attention. Bad behavior is usually their way of getting your attention.
- It’s important you teach our children character. Remember, character is often ‘caught’ rather than taught.
- Keep your children in church, attending regularly and involved in activities for their age. This will make a total difference in their lives. Remember the scripture of training up our children in the way they should go ..because when they are old, they will not forget!
You are important to your children’s success. It is so very important to stay connected with your children. One of my latest books is on Daily Connections. This is just a challenge to daily look for ways to stay connected. To purchase Daily Connections in printed or kindle version you can find at any of your favorite book stores or at Amazon. Com. Here’s a quick link: http://bit.ly/dads4life