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  • Writer's pictureGail The Parenting Coach

18 Habits to Help Improve Your Parenting in 2018

Parents love making new year's resolutions. This year I'm asking for you to take a step back and reflect on positive parenting techniques you've learned in the classes. Instead of making New Year’s resolutions where stopping a habit is the focus, try starting a habit that improves your parenting skills. Your children will thank you for it! Enjoy my list of the 18 ways you can improve your parenting in 2018.

1. I am willing to push my pause button and breathe when I am upset.

2. I am willing to remain calm and listen when my child is upset.

3. I am willing to use self-control rather than other control.

4. I am willing to practice the skill of empathy.

5. I am willing to see my child’s big emotions as a need to be heard and understood.

6. I am willing to encourage my child’s efforts.

7. I am willing to see the best in my child.

8.  I am willing to listen to understand rather than to be understood.

9. I am willing to validate feelings rather than fix, dismiss, or happy them up.

10. I am willing to replace negative thoughts with positive ones.

11. I am willing to deliver consequences with empathy.

12. I am willing to model what kindness, compassion and respect looks like.

13. I am willing to slow down, do one thing at a time, and really listen and connect with my child.

14. I am willing to spend one-on-one time with each child.

15. I am willing to give choices that empower my child.

16. I am willing to spend time cooking  healthy meals.

17. I am willing to ask for what I want and need.

18. I am willing to establish routines. 

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