“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
Parenting is not an easy job, but you and your child can survive with three rules every parent should follow. I call them the 3 Be's.
Be positive: One of the first rules of parenting is to be positive. A child learns 99% of their behavior from his or her parent whether negative or positive and your job is to show a positive attitude at all times. Be a positive force in your child's upbringing and you'll reap the reward of a positive adult. A positive parent is the 'Be All You Can Be In The Lord' parent.
Be proactive: The second rule of a well-oiled home is a parent must be proactive. Your child will learn from their mistakes, but only if you are a proactive parent. Your job is to teach them right from wrong and good from evil. Being a proactive parent is setting the stage for your child's adult life. Be a proactive force in your child's daily life and you'll see the difference a day makes. A proactive parent is the 'Be There, Be Aware' parent.
Be parental: The third rule is the only rule a lot of parent's find the most difficult. Why? Parent's in general tend to want to be their child's friend instead of their foe. Unfortunately, a parent cannot have the luxury of being their child's bff.
As a parent your duty is to enforce the rules, not allow your child to break them. Being your child's parent is what they want and need. They may hate you today, but tomorrow your adult child will thank you for being a parent not a bff. A parental parent is the 'Be A Parent, Not BFF' parent.
For further reading I recommend these resources:
Positive Parenting: How to Be a Positive Parent
The Power of Positive Parenting : A Wonderful Way to Raise Children by Glenn I Latham
Proactive Parenting with Pastor Tracy Boyd
Christian parenting resources
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