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Seven Habits of Highly Effective Parents

Thank you to the Richmond District Parent Association:

Habit One: Be Proactive
  • Establish a good relationship with your son/daughter.
  • Find opportunities to talk—create open lines of communication.
  • Let your kids know that you are there for them.

Habit Two: Begin With the End in Mind
  • Ask yourself how you would like your kids to describe your relationship with them.
  • Ask yourself how you would want your son or daughter to describe you as a parent and, more importantly, as a person.
  • Keep this picture fresh in your mind and use it to guide how you act with them.

Habit Three: Put First Things First
  • Remember how important we are to your lives.
  • Family has to always come before work.
  • If a situation arises when we make you worried and mad, show the worry first.

Habit Four: Think Win- Win
  • In solving a problem, how can we do this and both come out on top?
  • It is okay to compromise…at times.
  • Understand that we have some answers too.

Habit Five: Seek First to Understand
  • Don’t just judge always by how you view the situation; remember that we may view the situation differently.
  • Remember, you were a kid too.
  • Before you judge, please listen—truly listen. We may not always be right, but we deserve to be heard.
Habit Six: Synergize
  • For “our” relationship, realize that “we” are a part of this.
  • It is a sign of strength (not weakness) to ask for help, advice, or guidance (from friends, family, school).
Habit Seven: Sharpen the Saw
  • Take the time to work on our relationship.
  • Do things just so that it might improve our relationship of parent/kid, or just to have fun together.