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ABC’S OF PARENTING SERIES

The third part of our ABC’s of Parenting Series is The letter C.

The letter “C” has a full range of words that relate to Parenting! Below is a small list that we think are important while dealing with our kids. We have included our thoughts, tips and tricks related to the letter C.

Candid

Being truthful and straightforward with your kids can really help with building a lifelong and trusting relationship.

Some tips on being more candid are: use more “I and we statements” and less “you statements”. Organize your thoughts and think of your points to back them up. Focus on positive outcomes and have purpose with your thoughts.

On another note, it is a great idea to take candid photos of your kids and your family. You will want them as your kids grow older, trust me! Candid photos are an easy and great way to document your family through the years. Make time to snap those photos!

Choose Your Battles

You have a choice to react, in every situation. By choosing your battles you make an active decision to let smaller things go by without reacting. With this, you save your energy for the larger more important issues. Think about the plate of food on the table. Is it worth getting into a fight over eating one more blueberry?

Clean

Cleaning can be overwhelming when you have children. Let’s face it, they are messy! Prioritizing your cleaning can make it feel like less overwhelming.

Get everyone involved in the cleaning. Everyone in the house should have chores and be a part of keeping the house neat and tidy. Make lists and give people incentives for helping.

Clear The Clutter

Kids come with a lot of material goods. Keep things under control by donating, selling or consigning toys and clothes the kids have grown out of. Get rid of broken toys and think about what the kids play with. Minimizing can become quite a lifestyle if you want it to.

Reducing clutter is a great way to help with keeping the house clean. When you look around and your house is full of junk, cleaning can feel like the most impossible task. Keeping things minimal can really reduce over all stress for the entire family.

Considerate

Teaching a child to be considerate starts with you. Model the behavior you want to see from them. If you are considerate to them and to others, they will see that and will lean in that direction. A great teaching tool is to call out their emotions and behaviors and talk to them about how they affect others.

Another great thing to do is to teach your child all the different emotions around them. Let them see what a person looks like when angry or sad and talk to them about it. When a child has an awareness of different emotions, they are more likely to be considerate of others thoughts and feelings.

Consistency

Being consistent can be having a plan and providing structure. Following through with discipline and expectations and resisting the urge to give in.

Kids actually enjoy consistency in their lives. It gives them a clear understanding of expectations and it gives them a guideline for how they should behave.

Conversations

Having conversations with your kids gives them a sense of an open line of communication so they feel comfortable talking with you about their thoughts, feelings, ideas and problems.

Courageous

When a child can face their fears and stand up to challenges they will have a higher self-esteem. They will feel good about themselves and be confident in their own ability to make decisions.

Lead by example and be a courageous leader. Show them how to be brave and fearless. Allow your child to make decisions and take risks. Failure will happen, so teach your kids to be okay and accept it when it does happen.

Courteous

There seems to be a lot lacking from this world and manners is right up there at the top. Be kind and show your child kindness whenever possible. Do good deeds for others and teach your child to do the same.

Be respectful and show your child to be respectful to their family, classmates, teachers and strangers. Lead by example and show your child what this means by being in the habit of being courteous yourself.

NEXT UP – THE LETTER D

BACK TO – THE LETTER B

What is your favorite parenting word that starts with the letter C? Feel free to share in the comments!

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