Everyday Parenting Ideas: It Isn’t Easy Being a Parent…

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It Isn’t Easy Being a Parent…

Parenting can be difficult and unpleasant. Most parents experience moments (or months, or years) of feeling overwhelmed. There’s a lot of information out there about what we "should" do to raise "good" kids.

In reality, there are no surefire methods for ensuring we and our children will be happy, healthy, and successful, but there is plenty of research and anecdotal evidence showing that parents can make a significant, positive difference through a number of simple approaches.

Since the 1950s, Search Institute researchers have studied the effects of various influences in young people’s lives. They’ve found that the 40 Developmental Assets clearly relate to good things — like doing well in school, serving others, engaging in the community, and forming healthy habits.

It’s important for grown-ups to help young people experience the Developmental Assets, but parents can’t do it alone. However, there are nine specific parenting strategies that help. Focusing on these nine research-based strategies provides guidance and direction in the uncertain world of parenting. And that’s something parents should feel good about. Below are the 9 Parenting Strategies that we’ve come up with based on the Developmental Assets research. Click on each icon for tips.

[HT Mary Hawes]

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