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10 Skills For Better Parenting

A recent article in Scientific American Mind summarizes research into what makes a good parent. While some characteristics are pretty self evident, others were surprising:  not all of the competencies even involve kids! If you want to improve the bond with your child and become a better parent, here are the ten competencies:

  1. Love and Affection: being physically and emotionally supportive and present.
  2. Stress Management: reduce the effects of stress through relaxation and positive thinking strategies
  3. Relationships Skills: maintain healthy relationships with spouse or co-parent, coworkers and others
  4. Autonomy and Independence: Treat your child with respect and encourage her to be self-sufficient and self-reliant.
  5. Education and Learning: You promote curiosity and learning in and out of school
  6. Life Skills: you provide for your child, have steady income and future plans
  7. Behavior Management: You use positive reinforcement and punish only when other methods of managing behavior have failed
  8. Health: you model a healthy lifestyle, such as regular exercise and good nutrition
  9. Religion and Spirituality: You support religious or spiritual development and activities
  10. Safety: You protect your child by using proper caution and staying aware of your child's activities and friends.

Want to see how you are doing? Take the SciAm author's parenting test

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