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Parenting Strategies for All Ages
Meri Wallace LCSW
If you want your child to be respectful, treat him, your family, and others respectfully.
Even though your teen seems to want distance and keeps pushing you away, she still needs your love and attention.
Your child's major motivation will be to win your love and approval.
Encourage your school to develop anti-bullying programs.
Avoid criticism, for instance, telling your child,“You’re kicking the ball all wrong.”
the preschool experience should help her to feels good about herself and enjoy going to school.
Take a deep breath or count to 10 and find positive words to send your message.
Watch for signs that generally appear before she bites, and move in quickly.
Acknowledging anger does not encourage it.
A child who feels a loving bond with a parent, will feel valuable and have more of an ability to withstand peer pressure.
Do not force your child to speak.
You can ease their separation by giving them some advance notice.
It is very easy to squelch a child's enthusiasm with a disapproving, frightened, or critical facial expressions
Your child's curiosity can bring him to walk away with a stranger.
If you show an acceptance of your child's curiosity, your child's self-esteem will remain in tact.
Starting school is in many ways like starting a new job.
Prepare yourself for the inevitable, stay calm and find creative ways to manage the situation.
Follow her questions as a guide and you will not overload her with information.
Parents can make a huge difference in helping their child in each position to feel equally loved.
Sharing information in a supportive way, will lower his anxiety.
This is a hard habit to break, but hopefully patience, firmness and support should do the trick.
As you teach your child tolerance, you will help create a better world for generations to come.
it is the responsibility of the candidates to be positive role models.
Parents should try not to take this personally.
Pointing out concrete examples from his own experience, will help him to build empathy.
Keep in mind that children learn skills through a process over time.
Do not be surprised if your child's behavior reappears after a weekend or a holiday when he has spent some special time at home with you.
Always be supportive and foster a joy of learning, and confidence in his abilities
You do not have to be perfect
As your child grows, she will realize that her desire is just a wish and will be able to let go.
Meri Wallace, LCSW, is a parenting expert and child and family therapist.