Most species of animals choose to take the parenthood express lane, but we human beings prefer the sloooow lane!
During the first months of our children's lives, the majority of our efforts fulfill their basic physical needs. But as children become more self-sufficient, we can switch gears and focus parenting energies on teaching them how to become contributing members of society. It's the toughest part of parenthood: the unpredictable and occasionally messy aspect that can be frustrating and leave you wondering whether you can make it to the finish line!
Here are a few positive-parenting tips on what you can do to increase the chances of raising a happy, well-adjusted child:
Be sure that your parenting is bringing out the best—rather than the worst—in your child.Decide early on what kinds of morals and values matter most to you, and how you're going to pass those standards on to your child.Do whatever you can to increase your child's self-esteem!
- Accept your child for who she is rather than who you want her to be.
Most parents end up devoting a greater part of 18 years equipping our offspring with the skills needed to survive—and, with luck, thrive—even after they leave the nest!report abuse