10 Ways to Help Your Children Become Better Parents


Give Advice

Your advice is always welcome -- as long as you give it the right way.
Your advice is always welcome -- as long as you give it the right way.

If your children ask for advice, give it in a way that won't threaten their authority or insult them. Be positive, not judgmental. Make it clear that you support them.

Keep this in mind: Just because you did things a certain way as a parent doesn't mean that's the only way.

Advice given to parents changes as science and medicine progress. Breastfeeding went out of style and came back in. Conventional wisdom once said that infants should be laid to sleep on their stomachs. Now, doctors believe that sleeping on the stomach increases chances of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Opinions about when to start solid food have changed. Once, many believed that picking a baby up when it cried spoiled it. Now, more people believe that it's important for a baby to feel loved and comforted.

Resist the temptation to mutter "Well, it worked for me" if your child tells you something you did was wrong. Don't be offended if your child values advice from modern books and magazines more than advice from you. Have an open mind to the new ideas. Some things don't change, and your wise advice will be valued.

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