Review on Characteristics of a Good Parent According to North American Culture

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By Cana Cao

A person who loves his or her children unconditionally
Children need a lot of attention, time and love. Love is the great motivator to raise a happy child. Love your children no matter what happens even sometimes they may disappoint you, anger you, or even disrespect you, but even during those times your children should know that they are loved by you. Because your children are in developmental stages, they need your love and support. Show love to your children everyday. A gentle cuddle, a little encouragement, appreciation, approval or even a smile can boost the confidence and well-being of your children. A role model

Children emulate their parents. As a parent, you are your children's first role model. Pay attention to what you say and what you do around them and think about what kind of example you are making. Model the behavior and character you hope your children will adopt and live by the rules you set. A good listener

Express your interest in your children and listen to their feelings, reactions, and opinions. Try to understand their point of view. A good friend
A good parent enjoys and wants to play with his or her children. No matter how busy you are, you should spend time with your kids as possible as you can. Children, especially at a young age, learn a lot through play. For teenagers, talks to them frequently like a friend. For example, at dinner times talk to them about their school, and share your experiences with them as well. A good mentor

A good parent will teach his or her children the value of life to inform and advise them on what is right and wrong. While as a mentor, a parent should let the child to choose which path to take as long as he or she is capable to do it, but must be aware that you give the child all the information. A parent must allow the child to make his or her own decisions and to enable the child to make his or her own mistakes as well. When your child acts out in a harmful and spiteful manner, avoid...
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