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Parents: The Basics of Good Parenting

Parents are their children’s first and most important teachers. As children grow, it continues to be important for parents to continue to work at investing in them so that they can become well rounded contributing members of society. While parents may not always get it right, sticking with a few basics is a starting point.

While every child is different and requires some modification in how they are parented, there are still some basics that all parents must follow. According to relationship expert, Leroy Scott, parents must recognize that just as they have challenges with parenting, so do their children.

Below, are 3 basics that every parent must follow in order to raise their children, according to Scott:

1. Be Consistent

Let your consistency speak for the love you have for them. Teenagers need a routine to help build structure in their thinking and in their life. Since everything around them seems to be going up and down and people are steadily coming into their life and leaving their life, you want to try to bring consistency. You can do this be being consistent in your rules and your reinforcements. You should also be consistent in what you say and what you do. In other words mean what you say and say what you mean.

2. Be Present

It was easy to rill around with them at age two and play ball and baby dolls when they were young, but now you’ve got to find new ways to connect. Join in on the things they like to do and do them often. These will create moments of conversation that will help them figure out what to do about some of the challenges they face as adolescents.

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