A Good Parent Point #6

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A good parent…

  1. Is consistent.

The hardest thing to do as a parent is to be consistent. You have to have a plan and you have to the best of your ability stick to it. So that means you need to know what you’re going to do now and in the future. How are you going to deal with your children’s friends and their parents? What about dating? How about bedtime and sleepovers? You don’t have to have this all in writing but you as parents have got to be together philosophically and yes spiritually.  The kids God love em’ know who is the weak link and will lovingly exploit that parent.

Understand this children need and really do crave stability. They may complain about it and rebel against it but they really want it. Try telling your teen they have to go to bed and you will understand. By being consistent in your rules and family plans you will provide that solid ground for them to grow and flourish.

So this means being consistent for them but it also means you have to be consistent in your own daily lives. It can’t be a “Do what I say not what I do world”.

Here’s the whole list:

A good parent…

 

  1. Is available.
  2. Is loving but firm.
  3. Is willing to ask for help.
  4. Is the grownup not a friend?
  5. Loves without conditions.
  6. Is consistent.
  7. Has a plan.
  8. Takes care of their kids needs, they know their kids needs.
  9. Celebrates success and doesn’t hold to hurts and mistakes.
  10. Is not afraid to admit mistakes and move on.