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Smart Parenting:
How To Raise A Happy Child

Smart Parenting...

To bring up your child requires many different types of parenting skills.

Smart Parenting: How To Raise A Happy Child
An important and yet challenging skill is to be able to train and educate your child to become responsible and to learn appropriate ways to behave.

One of the most important things that you should learn as a parent is how to transform your child's misbehaviour into great behaviour.

You need to know that your child has a unique personality that will remain with her for the rest of her life.

Here are two smart parenting tips to help you become a smart parent and to raise a happy child...

Smart Parenting Tip #1: Praise And Rewards

Praise... encouraging words... and intangible rewards... hugs, time with your child, etc. is an effective method of encouraging good behaviour.

Simply giving your child spontaneous expressions of appreciation or acknowledgement when she is not misbehaving will act as a reinforcer for good behaviour.

It is very common for children who are otherwise ignored by their parents to turn to misbehaviour as a way of seeking attention.

An example is your child screaming for attention. We often inadvertently reward the bad behaviour by immediately giving them the attention, thereby reinforcing it.

On the other hand, you may wait until your child calms down and speaks politely, then reward the more polite behaviour with the attention.

It is essential to also praise your child for every good attempt she makes, regardless if she actually succeeded or not.

If she is praised for trying hard, she will learn a valuable lesson for life, that effort and perseverance are more important than instant success.

Over praising can have a negative effect on your child, setting her up for dishonest and unrealistic expectations.

The right amount of praise at the right time can restore your child's well-being, however an overdose of praise is very unhealthy.

Your child deserves to get an honest feedback from you. We all want our children to have genuinely earned their accomplishments.

When your child is over praised she knows she's not deserving of all that glory. She will start to doubt herself, and you.

On the other hand, proportional and honest praise will encourage your child to believe in the value of a job well done.

Smart Parenting Tip #2: Positive Reinforcement

Positive reinforcement is a good idea in your discipline approach.

A lot of children prefer positive approach than the negative reinforcements but it actually depends on you as to how you will implement discipline to your child.

Your child can develop her values and morals through the discipline that has been introduced to her by you.

Children love to repeat the same behaviour if they are being appreciated by someone especially their mothers.

By giving her positive appreciations and awards when she does something good, she will definitely continue to do it over and over again.

By doing this, bad habits will lessen and can be totally eradicated through time if proper discipline will be imposed continuously.

Rewards are very important to your child. She will feel very happy and satisfied with her action if she's being rewarded for that.

It promotes positive behaviour within her. As a parent, never ignore every good deed that your child can accomplish.

It might be a simple reward to you but for her, it is already a big deal to receive something from you due to her effort in doing good things.

If you can notice that your child constantly does well through your positive reinforcements, continue this approach until such time that she will become more optimistic and confident with her own actions.

It is a good idea to use positive words and statements than the negative ones.

See Also

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Parenting With Love And Logic: An Effective Parenting Method
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Advantages of Shared Parenting
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Effects Of Single Parenting On Children
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5 Facts About Single Parenting
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The Best Parenting Advice
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