I can only imagine how hard it is to be a parent. All you mommies and daddies out there can vouch for that. The daily challenge of enforcing discipline, resisting the urge to spoil your child, dealing with punishment or reward, building self-esteem, knowing that every action (or inaction) is molding your child into the adult he will become. What a huge responsibility!
It was easy to spot the insecurities and fears that surfaced in the questions on our Parenting section. Am I a bad father? Do you think parents should pay for their children’s college education? How do I know if my son is taking drugs? Curfew suggestions for my 20 year-old daughter?
While I’m certainly no expert on the subject, we do have a few experts that write for Yahoo! A recent story that did well was one that suggested 10 ways to be a better parent. While emphasizing that clear communication and the art of listening are the strongholds of good parenting, it points out that having fun with your kids is just as important.
Learning to trust your children, and staying calm when they make mistakes are only some of the trials of parenthood, but they must be mastered nonetheless. The writer mentions a few useful examples of behavior that make for a good starting point on your journey to being a better parent.
Here’s hoping the article helps you refine your parenting style. And don’t forget to take our poll at the end: Which parenting style is more effective? The disciplinary approach, or using love and affection. We want to hear your opinion!