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April 2011

How to Achieve Better Parenting in Maryland

by Staff, on at risk, maryland, parenting, parents, teenagers, teens, tips, youth

In order to have yourself better children, you need to become better parents. This means that it is not enough just to provide your kids everything they need materially, but emotionally too. Because, they might want you to buy them toys and pretty clothes, but what they really need is you and all the time you can afford to dedicate them.

It is not easy for many of Maryland parents to spare time from their busy schedule, but we are talking about children, so they will just have to find the way to manage it. Parenting is a lot about sacrificing, so it is something every parent has to do. Less time spent with his friends or for hobbies and more time with his or her children.

The more time you spend with your kids, the more time you will have to communicate and more you will teach them. The more you teach them, more values they will have, and less chance to make bad choices in their lives. Less bad choices they make, less trouble your family will have. If your kids don’t get into trouble, you can say that you got better in parenting.

If you expect your children to behave, you have to be a good role model. If you want your child to be clean, you have to clean after yourself and take care of your hygiene. “Do as I say, don’t do as I do” never works with teens. They will pick up your bad habits much faster that the good ones.

Actions of teens are usually copied, so be careful who they look up after. Their idols from media may be destructive and your kids may become like that too. You have to prevent destructive behavior by teaching them about consequences of it on time. Drugs and alcohol target today’s teens, and you have to be one step in front, in order to save yourselves and your teen drug abuse problem.

Good parenting also means disciplining your children. Disciplining does not mean good old “giving the belt”. It is a way of appropriate punishment and rewarding. If you let your kid get away with mistakes he made, he will probably do them again. If you do not recognize his deeds, he might think that it not worth trouble of achieving them.

In addition, when you apply this, make sure that your child knows proper reasons why he was punished or reworded, don’t just assume that he knows it. Talk to your kids about their mistakes and let them know how the consequences have affects on others. Everything you do regarding your teen requires explanation to them; otherwise, they might get their own, wrong conclusions.

There are many specialists in Maryland who can give their professional tips for better parenting, and help you practice your parenting skills. They will all agree that you have to love and show your children that you love them, but also to love yourself and keep yourself happy too, as only happy parent can raise a happy child. Staff