10 Facts Every Parent Should Know
As every teacher knows, most children reflect their parents in attitude, life priorities, life skills and relationship skills. I have come to the conclusion that when I teach a child, I’m far more interested in the attitude of the parent than I am in the abilities of the child. Even a child who is not a good student can turn around and become one so long as they are guided properly by parents and teachers.
Here are 10 facts I know about good parenting.
Fact #1 – A good parent is involved with their child. Their child isn’t being raised by others. The parent is raising the child themselves. They have made their child their priority in life. They know what their child’s homework is. If the child is at home in the evening, the parent is making sure that their homework gets done because the parent is present. They know what their child’s favorite color is. They know how their child thinks and most of their unique qualities. They know this because they are there for their child. Absent parenting never works well for a child.
Fact #2 – A good parent has moral character as their primary aim for the development of their child. Parents do this by modeling good moral character. The old saying, “Children do what you do; not what you tell them”, says it best. They instill good habits and good traits into their child by modeling it themselves.
Fact #3 – A good parent makes eduction a top priority. Moral character comes before education in a list of priorities for good parenting. However, education comes closely behind. Education as a focus means more than getting your child into the right school. It means making sure that your child is constantly learning.
Fact #10 – A good parent knows that praise works better than constantly scolding and being negative with their child. A good parent knows that they can control a happy child far better than they can a unhappy child. It’s how the brain chemistry works. A happy brain can and will learn more faster. The student will develop faster when the parent is positive in their approach of raising their child.