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How To Be A Great Parent

Updated on August 13, 2013

Be the Best You Can

From the very minute your Doctor tells a couple that they are going to have a baby, the joy and excitement starts, and the couple begins to plan their new life as a parent.

Some may not be quite ready for this huge adjustment of bringing a new life into the world, and then there are those that are filled with joy and have planned on a family for some time.

They say, "I want to learn how to be a great parent' as they start to re-do their babies room and get everything ready for their new arrival in nine months.

They tell everyone they possibly can think of with joy and happiness in their voices of the new family member arriving soon.

Most of the time the husband joins in to visit the Doctor with his spouse for the checkups all through the months. As each month passes and the time gets closer, they get happier and more and more excited.

They wonder to themselves, what sex the baby may be, and sometimes they can't wait so they ask their Doctor in advance of the birth whether it is a boy or a girl and in some cases maybe it could be both.

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They begin thinking if they will be able to handle this adjustment in their lives and wonder if they will do everything right as a new parent. Sure, they will be nervous wondering if everything will be okay.

As a parent and grandparent myself, I couldn't be happier with my life. Having a child and being able to raise them and watch them each and everyday grow and learn.

Being a great parent, requires a lot of work and devotion for the upbringing of your child. We as parents, must teach our child right from wrong, teach to love, teach them the meaning of life and bring religion into their lives at a very early age.

We need to give them every possible tool that will make their life a beautiful one and things we do with them and teach them, they will remember for the rest of their lives.

They look up to us as parents and want to be just like us, their parent, which bring me to just say one thing and that is, "if we have any type of addiction, our children will pick up on it over time and they will think it is okay because mommy and daddy do it" .

I hate to keep preaching on this as I write so much on the topic of addictions in my hubs, but everyone knows where I'm going with this.

Teach your children everything you know. Make sure they are around when you are doing something that they will be able to learn from.

  • Show unconditional love to your children.
  • Show respect to your child as you would want to be respected.
  • Do not break promises to your child.
  • Give your word to them and stick to it.
  • Punishment when needed to make them realize right from wrong and so that they learn.
  • Give your child emotional support.
  • Give your child the freedom to develop themselves.
  • Express your feelings to your child.
  • Trust your child.
  • Give your child Security.
  • Give your child the knowledge they need to grow into an adult.
  • Listen to what your child has to say.

Pay attention to what they say and do, and listen when they voice out to you. Do not ignore them because you might be too busy to listen. Stop what you are doing and listen to what they have to say and give them the proper and honest answer to their questions.

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Communicating with Your Child Part 1

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    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ imatellmuva Thank you so much on your comment and it's great we now follow each other. I hope everything turns out great for your son. I has taken me many of years to finally realize what I was doing to not only myself but my family and my wife. Everything is great now and I had only wished I would of changed my life many years ago, but like I write about it is NEVER too late.

      God Bless you and your family and never give up hope.

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      7 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore

      The Clean Life, this is a powerful hub! I've done all these things and more, but to no son is the wayward child, my only child.

      I've read a few of your other hubs on sobriety, and I applaud you for turning a new leaf, and recognizing what's important, not only for you, but your're wife. Hopefully, my son's time will come, and he will have that day of reckoning.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ Nikki D. Thanks for your comment and we as parents have a hard job raising our children these days to keep them on the straight and narrow through their life.

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      Nikki D. Felder 

      7 years ago from Castle Hayne, N.C.

      I could not agree with you more in your points in this Hub. I'm a mother of three (wife too). We prioritize teaching our faith to our little ones and living as examples. It's not easy, but we're honored to do it!

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ Treasureofheaven. Thanks so much for commenting. Yes if families all work together and listen to each other with no fighting I think it would make raising famlies fun for the new parents. Its all what we make it. If we love our children unconditionally and then love the same it would be the most beautiful experience.

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      Sima Ballinger 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      The clean life, this topic is near and dear to me. Thank you for putting it together. Raising children is not easy, we need all the help we can get. Vote Up!

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @Minnetonka Twin, This is something young children having children should read. They don't realize what is involved raising a child or children and they are not ready or mature enough to start their own family.

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      Linda Rogers 

      7 years ago from Minnesota

      Thanks so much, the clean life, for your VERY important messages here. Parenting is so important and I like that you are straight about how everything we do and say is watched by our childen. We need to be positive role-models and admit when we make mistakes and put our egos at the door. I look back when I was a kid and it is amazing how much I soaked in regarding mom and dad and what I watched and learned. Thanks for a great hub. UP USEFUL and AWESOME.


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