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11 Ways to Prove You are Great Mom

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11 Ways to Prove You are Doing Great

It is not easy to be a great parent, let alone a great single parent. Some of us did not have the best examples to follow, and it is not a skill taught in school. You either have to educate yourself or learn on the job. It is easy however to doubt yourself and your capabilities of being great parent.

While there are many parenting styles, successful parents share attributes that give their children the best chance for success and happiness. Listed below are 11 attributes of a great parent. Some may come easy and some you may feel you have room to improve. But regardless of how many of these attributes you may have I am sure you are doing a great job.

1. Patience. You knew this would be at the top of the list, right? Children are messy, noisy, do not listen well, and exasperating. They can be pretty wonderful, too. But patience is essential. Learning to take a deep breath and relax can help more than just your parenting skills but your peace of mind as well.

2. Multi-tasking skills. Dealing with the house, work, and children requires a great ability to multitask, especially during this time of pandemic. Children constantly pull your attention away from whatever you are doing and it is not easy to regain your focus.

3. Encouraging. Children quickly learn to doubt themselves and worry about the opinions of others. One of the best ways to combat this is to encourage your kids. With enough encouragement, a child can become their best self.

4. Supportive. Encouragement and support go hand-in-hand. Children with support grow up to be relaxed, comfortable, and confident. Without support, the world can be a scary place. Teach your child there’s little to fear.

5. Intelligence. One of the hallmarks of intelligence is problem-solving. Children provide a unique set of challenges that have to be solved. A little brain power can help you to navigate the minefield that parenting can entail.

6. Flexibility. Many of your parenting attempts will fail. You must be flexible enough to have multiple solutions up your sleeve. When one does not work, you can always try something else. Plans are always changing, too. It helps if you can go with the flow, like really helps. 

7. Good leadership skills. You might be able to boss your kids around, but they will resent it, and they never forget. It is more effective to have good leadership skills and only throw your parental weight around when necessary.

8. Dependability. Kids feel safe when they have reliable and dependable parents. They have to know that you are there for them. How much can your kids trust your word? How reliable do your friends consider you to be?

9. Compassion. Children need to develop and experience compassion. Kids need understanding and comforting. Can you provide those two things?

10. Sense of humor. Your children will give you plenty of opportunities to laugh. It would be a shame to allow those moments to go to waste. You will keep your sanity if you have a great sense of humor.

11. Self-awareness. Children are not sure how to act. It is up to you to be a role model. You will find that kids react to situations in ways that mimic your reactions. They don’t know any other way. It is important to be self-aware enough to know whether you are being a good role model.

Parenting is one job that requires your utmost effort and attention. Great kids most often have great parents. Being a great parent is not easy, but it’s easier if you build these attributes. You can develop these attributes with practice and determination. Be the best parent you can be relax and enjoy the process.

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