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Simple Parenting Tips:

#1. Listen More and Talk Less: We get so caught up with our day, sometimes we forget to stop and listen. We think our children ask a lot of questions, but we can ask a lot of questions too, sometimes the wrong ones; why did you do that? Why was that left there? Why isn't your room clean? Stop, take a deep breath, and listen. Maybe your child has a valid reason as to why they didn't get things done. Is something bothering them at school? Or at home? If we stop to listen more, we may find out things about our child we never knew; some interests they might have, issues they may be going through, etc ...

#2. Apologize: Don't be afraid to apologize when you lose your cool. Parents aren't perfect and our children need to know that. By apologizing you are teaching them that it's ok to fess up to your mistake and everyone is human, including parents.

#3. Be Goofy: Don't be afraid to let your hair down and laugh a little. Turn the tv off and turn on some music. Dance around the house. Laugh with your kids. Make silly faces in the mirror. Kids love to see their parents having fun!

#4. Get The Family Involved: Find some family fun activities you can do as a whole. It can be in your own home or within your community. You and your children need that little extra bonding time, even if it's only once a month.

#5. Keep Your Children Safe: Teach your children safety as early as possible. Teach them how to stop, drop and roll. Teach them how to properly use 911 and when it's the right time to use it. Talk to them about strangers and how to make smart decisions. Sex, drugs, and Peer Pressure , crossing the street, anything you can think of that will help them to be cautious.

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#6. Build Structure: There is nothing wrong with a little family structure. I personally believe kids should have chores. It teaches them responsibility. Our lives are busy enough without having to come home to a messy house. If you give your children a list of things to do everyday, you're stress level will decrease and you'll be a much happier and nicer parent to be around. Also, making your children do their homework before playing video games or messing around on the computer is an excellent way to teach them responsibility. They need to learn to prioritize just as much as we do.

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#7. Talk To Other Parents: Sometimes talking to other parents who have "been there and done that" is a good way for you to deal with different situations that may arise. Just being able to talk about things in general helps you to relieve stress and realize you're not alone. If you don't have anyone to talk to, try getting involved in a support group, or start one of your own. You'll be surprised at what a difference it makes and how much better you'll feel.

#8. Stay Calm: No matter how mad you get, it's best to stay calm. Take a deep breath, relax, and whatever you do, DON'T BLOW UP! I know it's easier said than done, but it's important to stay relaxed when stressed. Once you blow up, things tend to spiral out-of-control and the situation at hand only gets worse. Then end result: Everyone is in a bad mood.

#9. Reward Your Children: That doesn't necessarily mean giving them money everytime they do something good. I mean, you can occasionally, but their are other things you can do as well. Take them on dates, give them an extra hour of video games, let them stay up a little longer, let them help with dinner that night, make their favorite desert etc ... Find things that are important to them and add that into their reward. Make sure to tell them how proud you are for their accomplishments. They like to hear that and it makes them feel important.

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