PRINCIPLES of good parenting
November was recognised as National Parent Month, with various activities across the island held to commemorate the month.
Below are some tips on principles of good parenting provided by the National Parenting Support Commission.
1. What you do matters
Be careful what you do and how you act. Children live what they learn.
2. You cannot be too loving
Spoil your children with love, praise them when they do good, hug them and love them unconditionally.
3. Be involved in your child's life
Spend time with them. Play with them. Watch TV with them. Talk with them. Visit their school and ask about them.
4. Adapt your parenting to fit your child
Adjust your parenting style based on your children's personality and needs. Have patience during each phase. Be their friend when they need you.
5. Establish rules and set limits
Children need rules and limits. Be firm but fair. Know your children's whereabouts. Relax limits as your children get older.
6. Help foster independence
Give your children space. Teach them to make their own decisions. Protect when you must, permit when you can.
7. Be consistent
Say what you mean and mean what you say. Identify your non-negotiables and be consistent without being rigid.
8. Avoid harsh discipline
Children should be punished, but let the children know why they are being punished. Never use physical punishment. Don't verbally abuse your children. Control your temper.
9. Explain your rules and decisions
Be clear about what you expect and about what decisions you have made. Reason with your children, hear their viewpoints, admit when you're wrong.
10. Treat your child with respect
Listen to your children. Don't interrupt them when they speak. Ask questions rather than blame. Be honest with them.