"Parenting is a Contact Sport"

July 25, 2009 5:29:50 AM PDT
Whether you've been a parent for awhile or raising a new baby, there are ways you can stay connected with your child for life. Psychotherapist Dr. Joanne Stern and author of "Parenting is a Contact Sport" joined us with tips. 8 Ways to Stay Connected to Your Kids for Life

1. Developing a Relationship with Your Kids
2. Learning How to Communicate
3. Approaching Discipline Through Relationship
4. Dealing with Feelings in your Family
5. Giving Your Kids a Sense of Belonging
6. Fostering a Family Culture of Honesty
7. Teaching Your Kids about Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll
8. Boosting Your Kids' Self-Esteem

Dr. Joanne Stern Busts the Most Popular Parenting Myths

1. You shouldn't be friends with your kids. They need a parent, not another friend.
2. It takes a village to raise a child.
3. You're never going to be close to your kids during their teenage years.
4. If you don't punish your kids when they do something wrong, they'll turn out to be wild and out of control.
5. Your kids don't care what you think of them - especially when they're teenagers.
6. You can discipline your kids effectively whether your have a good relationship with them or not.
7. Understanding the latest in locking, blocking and monitoring their computers will prevent your kids from getting into inappropriate and even dangerous websites.
8. It's a parent's job to teach a kid to obey, no matter what.
9. It's in a child's nature to lie, and it's the parent's job to punish dishonesty to prevent it from taking over.
10. It's perfectly ok to apply the principle: "You'll do as I say because I'm the parent."

For more information, visit www.parentingisacontactsport.com.


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