Good and Bad Parents is a blog that reflects both sides so today I will write about Good Parents. I came up with a list of 11 things that Good Parents do for their kids. The list is not in order of importance and it is by no means complete.
- Tell your child "No"
- Teach your child empathy
- Tell your child that the world does not revolve around him/her
- Teach your child to appreciate his/her life
- Teach your child to respect themselves and others
- Say "I love You" to your child
- Read to your child
- Tell your child to say no to drugs/alcohol and that violence is never an option
- Talk to your child about his/her day
- Eat dinner as a family
- Provide your child with a loving and stable home
Here is a little background into my choices for this list:
1. Some parents think that "No" is a bad word. You know who I'm talking about. The parents in the grocery store that let the kids open the snack before paying for it.
2. It's important for children to learn that they should try to put themselves in someone's shoes to better understand that person before judging them.
3. There are too many selfish children in this world, stop it parents! Parents need to let their child know that he/she is not the only child on the planet.
4. If you don't appreciate life, you will live life with a sense of entitlement.
5. If you don't respect your self, how can you respect others?
6. It's only three words, use them. Say "I love you" to your child. You will be amazed when they start to say it to you first.
7. Read to your child. It's never too early or too late to start, just do it. My husband read to my children when they were still in the womb.
8. Talk to your kids about drugs, alcohol and violence. Teens are continuing to be creative. There is a new report that teens are drinking hand sanitizer to get drunk because it has a high concentration of alcohol.
9. Talk to your child about his/her day. Your child wants to know that you are interested in them and their life when they are not with you.
10. Eat dinner as a family. Studies have shown that family dinners have a great positive affect on children.
11. Providing a child with a home filled with love goes a long way. It doesn't have to be large and fancy, just comfortable and filled with people who love one another.
Please feel free to add to the list by adding your ideas via the comments, twitter or Facebook. I will add your ideas to the list and update this blog until I post a new blog next week, so check back to see if the list has grown. Thanks for reading!
Tune in next week when I blog about Screen Free Week.
READERS ADDITIONS TO THE LIST:
12. Be the good example you want for your child. They do what we do, not what we say!
13. Spend uninterrupted time with your child. Don't text, answer email, update your facebook,etc etc every second you are with your child.
14. Volunteer at their school, their sports team, music, scouts, whatever it is they do. You are showing them that what they do matters.