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15 Parenting Tips for K-5 Students

I hope this list of tips will be helpful! Feel free to share it with others!

1. Pray for your child(ren)

  • For health, safety, and age-appropriate physical, academic, spiritual, and emotional growth

  • Good relationships (teachers, classmates, friends, neighbors, other adults, etc.)

  • Personal encounter with God

2. Positive Parenting

  • Focus on the child’s strengths

  • Areas of improvement (weaknesses) must be addressed but should not become the main focus; address enough to make sure weaknesses do not become hindrances in learning and/or developing relationships

  • Be firm but not punitive or overly critical

  • Don’t over reward or compensate your “guilt” with undeserving gifts

3. Prevent Tantrums or Emotional Outbursts

  • Prevent problems by proactively communicating expectations and consequences

  • Do not “baby” the child--be firm yet kind

  • Crying and emotional outbursts are ways that children use to get what they want

  • Do plan for “down-time”: allow the child to unwind, relax, and recharge

  • Check your (parent’s) emotional state before disciplining

4. Parents Need to be Healthy, too!

  • Stress can make parenting difficult--your own well-being is critical to positive parenting

  • Communication between the dad and mom are very, very important

  • Seek help and take advantage of available resources (grandparents, relatives, church groups, paid activities such as martial arts or gymnastics, etc.)

  • Do not be a family that does everything around the child’s need: be sure to have “parent” or “me” or “family” time so that you can be a healthy parent

5. Peace at Home

  • Home should be a haven for young children (and adults!)

  • Cut out needless battles (reflect on what’s working and what’s not working at home)

  • Learn from past confrontations: figure out what your child responds to (or don’t respond well to)

  • Don’t be too busy, running from one activity to another

6. Plan for Success

  • Read good parenting books

  • Integrate useful tips and advice

  • Prepare for parenting success--don’t try to “wing it”

  • Learn from past “failures” and “successes”

7. Perspective on Parenting

  • A long-term perspective is needed--do not dwell too much on momentary crisis

  • Step back often and see things from God’s perspective

  • Treat your child as if he/she were your nephew/niece--that will make things simpler, manageable, and less stressful

8. Punishment or Discipline?

  • What is the difference between punishment and discipline?

  • Outward change vs. Inward Change

  • Momentary avoidance of pain vs. long-term self-regulation

9. Pride vs. “Proud of”

  • Sometimes, parents try too hard to showcase their child as a perfect being, but what is the motivation behind it?

  • Parents derive vicarious satisfaction through the praises their children receive

  • Be proud of the child, but check your pride to appear as a perfect parent

10. Pay Attention to Your Child

  • Some parents are too busy

  • Pay close attention to your child’s innate tendencies or characters

  • Probe into your child’s life and mind--ask smart questions that require more than just “Yes,” or “No”

  • Learn their love language (see:

11. Pops Need to Step Up

  • Dads need to “step up” and “step in”, not “step aside”

  • As children become more opinionated and even confrontational, dads have the unique role to be the “referee” at home

  • Moms need to gradually step aside and invite dads to take the helm

12. Plain and Simple Answers

  • Do not over-explain your decisions to children: sometimes, “Because I said so,” is a perfectly fine answer

  • There are certain questions that require explanations, but keep in mind that you are not obligated to explain or get “approval” from your child(ren)

13. Peer Relations

  • Encourage your children to make/maintain friends

  • Don’t overly force them to have friends if your child is an introvert--but everyone needs friends

  • Friends change, so don’t manipulate friendships to last long (or short)

14. Passion and Compassion

  • Find out what your child is passionate about

  • Equally important to one’s passion is developing a sense of compassion toward others and humanity in general

  • Provide opportunities for children to have “awe-filled” experiences

15. Patience for Sassiness

  • What happened to my angel? Why is she so sassy?

  • Why are boys showing anger and frustration, and even defiance?

  • Don’t blame friends or school or surroundings too quickly--your child is changing and growing up

  • Don’t lose your cool--be the adult in the room/situation

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