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Common Sense Parenting – Part II

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The funny (or not so funny) thing about common sense is that it's not so common, so here's a reminder.




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Say no to name-calling

Name-calling is hurtful and can permanently damage an adult’s self-concept, let alone that of a child. In fact, the English nursery rhyme, “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me”, was written with the intent of persuading child victims of name-calling to ignore the taunts of their bullies. Practice using pet names instead.




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Spend quality time with your children

I’ve learned two things thus far about quality time with your kids: forced family time sucks, we know it and so do they; and you can’t expect your children to want to spend time with you if you don’t want to spend time with them. Find out what their hobbies and interests are and take the time to do these together. It’ll boost their self-esteem and give you the chance to bond.




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Get on their level

Remember: kids are kids - they cannot rationalise like adults, nor are they as emotionally experienced. If they ask for your help with something, help them; if they come to you with a concern, address it; if they don’t understand, explain it again and again and again – until they do.


When push comes to shove, I hope I remember my own advice.


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