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Whether you are about to be parents, or you are already parents, these tips of parenting will be of great value to you¾without a doubt.

Make Taking Care of Your Health a Priority

Taking care of our physical and mental health is important. Unfortunately, we learn this pretty late in life, when we have already formed habits that are damaging to our health, yet are hard to change. If you don’t want your children making the same mistake, do your best to show them by example how they can take care of their health. Start making these changes in your own life; so to them, it’ll be the norm¾what they grew up with. Teach them, from a young age, skills that help them keep themselves healthy in general; like cooking a few basic meals.

Learn About the Early Development of a Child

When it comes to early childhood, there is a set amount of development that each child goes through according to their age. These developments largely happen between birth and age 5. While it’s true that all children develop on their own speed, it still pays to know these developments that are expected at certain ages. This actually helps you to identify learning or development issues, and addressing these issues earlier in their life so it doesn’t interfere with their day to day living. 

Learn the Signs of Addictions in Older Children

Addiction is a huge issue even in older children nowadays; especially with those in their late teens. This may be an addiction to drugs, alcohol or even smoking. This is because this is the age group in which our children experiment the most, and are easily influenced by their friends. Thankfully, if you spot the symptoms early enough, you can prevent it from turning into a bigger problem that it is. Do research online to learn these symptoms of addiction in teenagers, or if you are able to, attend alcohol and drug programs Geelong to be more educated on this matter.  

Avoid Being a Super Mom/Dad

When children are younger, they tend to see their parents as superheroes, and along the way, we as their parents, tend to believe that it’s our job to be their superhero in every possible situation. However, this is a bad idea. Allow them to make their mistakes so they may learn from them. After all, the experience is one of the best teachers of life. Let them see that you too fail at things and that you too have your own shortcomings and that you have learnt to rise above your imperfections. This boosts their own confidences, and helps them learn to deal with problems on their own.

Let Them Know You Are in Their Corner

But despite the above, let them know that no matter what they do or who they become, you will always have their back. Keep the communication lines with them open always, and try your best to avoid overreacting or reacting impulsively when they do or tell something that might upset you. Give them the confidence that they can come to you, regardless.

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