THE PARENTS' LITTLE INSTRUCTION BOOK
• The greatest gift you have to give your children is you.
• When you talk to your child, mostly listen.
• Take care of yourself, so you can take care of others.
• Change is inevitable, so welcome it.
• Always give in to the urge to hug your child.
• Setting limits is good for children. They'll complain, but what they'll feel is relief.
• You'll never be an `Absolutely Perfect Parent'. Be a `Good Enough Parent'.
If things don't work out, it's okay to cry - but also learn.
• Teach your children they're unique. That way, they won't feel pressure to be like everybody
• Ask your child what she likes most to do with you. Do that more often.
• Say “I'm sorry” when you're wrong.
• Your child will do as you do, not as you say. So set a good example.
• Catch your child doing things right.
• Be loving, even when you don't feel loving.
• Forgive yourself for the mistakes you have made.
• Encourage your child every chance you get.
• Be flexible with rules.
• Recognize and accept your child's feelings.
• Look for win/win solutions.
• Remember that when you tell your child to act their age, they probably already are.
• Some time each day, give your child your undivided attention.
• Ask for your child's opinion more often.
If you feel overwhelmed, just start doing one thing at a time.
• Tell your children, `I love you just the way you are'.
• Take time out every day to have fun.
• Give your children opportunities to make real contributions to the family.
• Go to the park. Everybody plays!
• Don't compare your children to others. Value them each for their own gifts.
• Little instructions you can learn from your children:
▫ Play more.
▫ Be curious.
▫ Get all wrapped up in what you're doing.
▫ Even the littlest things can bring you pleasure.
The Parent’s Little Instruction Book by Cindy Francis
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• Treat your children the way you wish you had been treated when you were a youngster.
• Show your respect by introducing your