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SMART Every parent needs plenty of answersanswers to help build a firm foundation for parenting and answers to help respond to emergency parenting situations. This book can help. Its packed with tips

15 1. 2. 3. BASIC RULES OF Be Realistic Many parents set unrealistic goals for themselves. One of these is to be the best parent in the world . Being a good parent is good enough for children. Dont

8. Celebrate Every Success and Effort Praise your children for sincere attempts as well as achievements. Everyone makes them. Help your children learn from your own mistakes by talking about them, a

15 Basic Rules of Parenting continued 14. Make Time for Each Other 15. Think Positively No matter how busy you and your children are, schedule time to be together to talk, do chores, shop, watch T V

C O M M U N I C AT I N G Good parents spend a lot of time talking with their children. They know that both the quantity and quality of their conversations count Set an example by the courteous, carin

Communicating with Children continued Avoid Nagging Most children tune it out. Be brief . Children retain shorter messages longer. Practice WinWin Communication In a disagreement, a winwin solution

S for Developing Your STE P Childrens SelfEsteem 7 By building your childrens selfesteem, you will help them feel good ab out themselves and gain the confidence needed to meet lifes challenges. STEP

Parent Alert Dont hesitate to go to the teacher or the principal if one of your children is being put down or discouraged in any way by anyone at school. Y ou are your childrens best, and often only,

WAY S T O P R A I S E Children thrive on praise. Here are some words of praise you can use to build your childrens selfesteem and help them know theyre lo ved, appreciated, and respected. Thats incr

BUILDING GOOD CHARACTER Good character traits are developed through the examples you set, as well as by direct teaching. Here are some suggestions to help your children learn responsibility, selfdisci

Respect and Courtesy Say please and thank you. Your children will follow your lead. Dont interrupt. Neither will your children. Let people know you appreciate them. Your children will learn to g i

DISCIPLINING CHILDREN By treating your children fairly and firmly, you will establish a positive connection for life. Y ou will also provide them with a firm foundation of solid values and necessary b

Make Use of TimeOut Separating younger children from fun activities is a much better teaching tool than any physical punishment. It g ives children time to think. Physical punishment, on the other han

B U I L D I N G FA M I LY Regardless of what constitutes your family, the feeling of being a family member is important for the healthy growth and development of your children. Building family bonds

Preventing Isolation While its natural for children to seek out some privacy, isolation within their own family is a problem that must be addressed. Use your active listening skills to draw out any of

ENCOURAGING You are as important as your childrens teachers in their academic careers Support and motivate your youngsters to do their best in school. Make School Important Ask how school was every

Read, Read, Read Every day, read with your children or have them read to you. Make it fun by talking about what you have read. Provide Learning Experiences Expose your children to learning experience

M A I N TA I N I N G Members of a healthy family can enjo y life and each other more. Good physical health requires good nutrition, good hygiene, and regular exercise. Good health also calls for medi

Resources Exercise Regular exercise is vital to healthy g rowth and developmentand to emotional health. Physically active children are less susceptible to depression. Make daily exerciseat least an ho

The best time for your children to visit their doctor is when they are well. This will help their doctor assess their overall physical condition and get a baseline from which to observe changes that m

KEEPING YOUR P Safety is an important parenting responsibility. Living in a safe home helps children both be and feel secure. Learning safety rules gives children the foundation for good decision ma

TEACHING CHILDREN Personal Saf rsonal Safety Anger Management Childhood Problems Resources Relate These Stranger Danger Safety Tips to Your Children Stay away from dark or deser ted places. Dont

TEACHING CHILDREN Anger is a natural emotion expressed by children. It gives them an outlet for frustration, fear, sadness, and many other feelings. Children who learn how to manage anger also learn

Teaching Children Anger Management continued Suggest Healthy AngerManagement Techniques These can include calling a timeout. walking away from a potentially violent situation. counting to 10 or 2

WA R N I N G S I G N S O F Every child experiences problems as a normal aspect of growing up. As a parent or guardian, its your task to address these problems so that they dont escalate or resurface

Warning Signs of Childhood Problems continued Child Abuse Victims of child abuse need immediate help. Here are some warning signs. Physical signs Unexplained bruises, welts, burns, or fractures unk

Learning Disabilities Being aware of your childrens learning disabilities enables you to help them develop compensation skills. Without these skills, children become frustrated, disillusioned, and unm

DEALING WITH Children who are grieving need your suppor t in order to cope. By validating and respecting their feelings you can help them manage their sense of loss in a productive way. Divorce, Dea

Everyone has a different g rieving process. Children sometimes get stuck at a particular step in the process and may need help moving on. T he usual and normal phases are DENIAL ANGER BARGAINING DEPR

STRESSLESS It isnt possible to be a totally stressfree parent. The job is too tough for that But you can reduce your stress by following a few simple suggestions. Take time out each day to do somet

ccess Health O N L I N E PA R E N T I N G This list introduces you to some of todays W eb sites that provide parenting suggestions and tips. Please be aware that W eb sites and addresses c

Online Parenting Resources continued Office of Childrens Health Protection From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a Web page designed especially for parents. www.epa.govchildren Prevent Child