1. Stay calm!
Take something positive out of every new experience your kids introduce you to.
2. Be silly once a day
If it’s not in your job description to have fun with your children, then rewrite it!
3. Don’t take yourself too seriously
Character matters more than reputation. Be honest about mistakes, forgive others for their mistakes, and move on.
4. Honour your children’s mother
This can be hard if you’re no longer together as a couple, but honouring your children’s mother teaches an important lesson about respect. Presenting a united front on boundaries, discipline and priorities will make your children feel more secure.
5. Celebrate your children’s differences
Each of your children is unique and will want to do their own thing. Spend time with them individually as well as together, and don’t compare your children with each other.
6. Praise your child
If you ‘catch them doing something good’, praise them. But remember that after a certain age there’s nothing more embarrassing for a child than to be praised in front of their friends. It’s just not cool!
7. Choose your battles – and stick to them
Always ask yourself, “Is it really worth an argument about this?” Decide which battles are the important ones that matter to you.
8. Let them decide what to do on a day out
It might not be an expensive trip out, but where possible let them choose what to do.
9. Assume the best
Don’t over-react; listen to their version of events. Don’t pry into their lives unless you really have to. If you show them you trust them, you have a much better chance of them trusting you in return.
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