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What are some effective parenting skills?

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Some effective parenting skills are praising children for their efforts and not for their results or rewards, making sure that children get enough sleep, and setting appropriate ground rules and enforcing them. Other important skills that parents should learn are following through on consequences and avoiding using punishment as a teaching tool.

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Praise children for their efforts and not for their results or rewards because their efforts are something that they have control over. This teaches a child that he has control over his success. Only praise every so often to avoid teaching a child to only put in effort to get praise.

Ensure children are getting enough sleep because lack of sleep reduces intelligence and increases their risk of depression, moodiness and binge eating. Studies show that children's IQs and grades drop if they lack sleep.

Studies show that kids who are rebellious didn't have proper rules and structure at home, so setting appropriate ground rules and enforcing them can help to curb this issue. Conversely, parents who are too strict and controlling lead children to be bored and find themselves in trouble.

Alongside this, an effective parenting technique to address children's poor behavior is to follow through on consequences and avoid using punishment as a teaching tool. The difference between the two is that consequences teach a child that his behavior is his responsibility and that he has to deal with the consequences as a result, whereas punishment teaches a child to fear authority and typically does not teach him personal responsibility.

One important tip for parents is to have children start a gratitude journal. This produces a child who is more thankful and happy. Studies show that a gratitude journal also leads to better health, less sickness and more physical activity in children.

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