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Ten Tips for Parents

Be There.
Children want and need your physical presence, from infancy onward.

Being there means more than being present physically.

Support your partner.
Work together on behalf of your child whether you are living together or not.

Learn to disagree appropriately with your partner.
Disagreement is a normal part of parenthood. It is how you resolve those differences that matters.

Get to know and be known to the people in your child's world.
Teachers, caregivers, doctors - all of them are an important part of your child and your lives.

Get to know and be known to your children's friends and their parents.
If you have concerns about who your child is hanging out with, be sure to discuss this with your child.

Play with your children.
One of the best ways to learn about and develop a lasting connection with your children is to play with them -- to enter their world.

Teach by example.
Children follow what you do more than what you say.

Discipline with love.
To discipline means to guide or bring out the best in your child and that is best done with love.

Keep your sense of humor.
Nobody said parenthood would be easy. If you can survive parenthood, you can survive anything!


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