Father Holding His Son in His Arms

Let’s just get something out of the way from the start: You’re not going to be the perfect parent. No one is or ever has been the perfect mother or father, and you’re not being fair to yourself if that’s what your expectations are.

With that said, of course, you want to be the very best parent you can possibly be, and one way to achieve that is to research and learn from other parents who have been there before. Here are some tips and resources that can help you get going in the right direction and/or help you along the journey of parenting:

Engage Your Child

Being involved in your child’s everyday life and helping them to stay physically, mentally and socially active is critical to their development.

Make Your Home as Safe Possible

Keeping your child’s living environment physically and emotionally safe is also a key aspect of good parenting.

Balance Fun and Discipline

Fun and discipline are both essential in the household, so try to implement a healthy balance between the two.

Moderate Screen Time Really Is Okay

It might seem counterintuitive, but allowing screen time in moderation can help kids blow off steam and even learn a thing or two. Plus, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to set them up.

Prioritize Your Kid’s Self-Esteem

In order to raise a confident, caring, and successful child, fostering their self-esteem through every stage must be a priority.

While you shouldn’t expect yourself to be the perfect parent, you should strive to be the best you can be. Engaging your child, creating a safe living environment, striking a balance between fun and discipline, and focusing on your child’s self-esteem are all ways to help you get there. Also, remember that no one parenting style is king. It will take time to find your flow and you will have to make adjustments along the way.