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Experts Say These Are The 10 Most Important Things A Parent Can Do

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Kids may not come with a guidebook, but there is plenty of information out there to help you along. And while not all information is good information, we sifted through a lot of the information out there to get to the bottom of what experts recommend.

Being a parent is an overwhelming job all by itself, and only adding to that stress are the piles of information available to parents. Everyone has an opinion, and many of which you probably didn’t ask for. (Thanks, social media.) So, how do you know where to begin? First and foremost, don’t allow yourself to get too bogged down with being perfect. Secondly, we’ve got you covered. We found a variety of expert-backed tips that are tried and true to help you out.

1. Treat your child with respect.

A lot of us grew up being yelled at, smacked, beaten, or berated, and we may likely feel the urge to yell or scream and do some of those same bad behaviors. However, it’s best to remember that the way that we were brought up is not always going to be exactly the best. Yes, we survived, but couldn’t we be better? Experts like Dr. Gail Saltz says to not call names or hit your child. Instead, be patient and respectful of them. Treat them like people.

2. Be consistent.

Whatever you do, do it consistently. That means consistent boundaries, consistent consequences, and consistent action. If you do something one way, then always do it that way unless you just find a better way. But if you change things up too frequently, it will make your environment feel unstable, which only causes more anxiety and confusion for your kids and yourself.

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