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Baa Baa Black Sheep + Other Popular Nursery Rhymes & Kids Songs

Baa Baa Black Sheep + Other Popular Nursery Rhymes & Kids Songs

Good Parenting Hints

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Good Parenting Hints

Good parenting practices vary according to your child’s age, temperament, and abilities. Learn about your child’s developmental stages before you have a child and try to avoid situations that will amplify his or her weaknesses. Give structure to your child’s life and establish boundaries that will help him or her to regulate his or her behavior. Be firm but fair when setting rules and be sure to explain the reasons for these limits. When your child understands the rules, he or she is likely to cooperate with them.

Rather than using a “one-size-fits-all” approach, parents should try to avoid using “loaded” statements. Words can hurt as much as physical blows, so always remember to be kind and compassionate. Children appreciate being heard, so try to tell them that they are loved despite any misbehavior. Often, parents criticize instead of complimenting. This way, your child will feel like he or she is part of the decision-making process and not just a puppet.

Parents should also take care of themselves. Children raised by responsive parents have better social and emotional regulation skills and overall mental health. This is because responsive parents are available to their children’s needs and listen to them. Providing open communication not only fosters a strong relationship with your child, but also helps them integrate the different parts of their brain, which is crucial to child development. You can learn how to communicate more effectively with your child by using these strategies.