Effective Parenting Strategies for Everyday Life

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Erica Ragins October 27, 2012 English 107 Bryant Effective Parenting Strategies for Everyday Life When I was a pre-teen, my mother and I started going on dates with each other. We would hangout about twice a month going to the movies, lunch, dinner, hair salon or shopping. We really cherished those moments we had together. We had the opportunity to get to know each other very well. These dates gave us one on one time together without my other siblings around. My mother could focus more on me as an individual. Since becoming a parent myself, I learned the time my mother and I spent together was her practicing effective parenting. Effective parenting is when a parent goes over and beyond to stay connected with their child. As a mother or father this is very important to practice when raising children. There are many ways to practice effective parenting. Three major ways the majority of parents practice effective parenting are: communication with their child, being an active parent in a child’s life and being a great role model. According to dictionary.com, communication is the imparting or interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information by speech, writing or signs. Communicating with your child is very important when practicing effective parenting. Communication will keep the parent up to date on how their child feels about life. When children are on the news because they have committed suicide and the parents don’t know why, it could possibly be because communication was not a strong role played between the parent and the child. The first step of communicating with your child could be when he or she wakes up in the morning. It will mean a lot to a child for their parent to say “Good morning, how are you feeling?”, “Are you excited about anything today?”, “I hope you have a wonderful day today.” This will communicate to your child that you

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