When it comes to raising children, there are many different pieces of advice that you can choose to follow and many more that you should avoid at all costs. Your goal in parenting shouldn't just be to keep your kids safe and healthy, but to also teach them right from wrong, discipline them when necessary, and provide them with the tools they need to succeed in the real world. 

All in all, being a parent is never an easy task, but if you follow all  these advice as your guiding principles, you'll have the best chance of success while raising your child into adulthood.

We Don't Do Things on Accident

In this day and age, it is quite difficult to be the best parent you can be. Between working all day, managing a household, and providing for your family, there's not much time left in the day to do anything that might make you feel like a good parent. 

But we don't do things by accident! 

That being said, here are some of the best parenting tips out there for single parents. It doesn't matter if you have one child or five children. There will always be room for improvement no matter how good you think you are.

  • Find an outlet: When raising kids, we have a tendency to take care of them first before taking care of ourselves; even when they're older and could take care of themselves but still need their mother or father at home with them while they grow up. We often forget about our own needs and desires because we want nothing more than for our children to be happy. 

Be sure to find an outlet such as reading a book, going on walks outside, or taking up a new hobby like painting or photography so that you can find happiness outside of your house too.

  • Keep your expectations realistic: Many parents put unrealistic expectations on their kids because they want them to live perfect lives from the get-go and never let any setbacks affect them in any way shape or form. 

The reality is that every child has different interests, personalities, and goals. They also come from different socioeconomic backgrounds which means their experiences and struggles may be very different from yours. 

Make sure to keep your expectations realistic by having conversations with your children about what they would like to do after high school or college graduation so that you can help them prepare for the future instead of setting them up for disappointment. Don't compare your children to others either because everyone is different and each person deserves the chance to experience life without someone telling them how they should behave. 

Lastly, remember that patience goes a long way. No matter how old your kids are, there will always be something new for them to learn whether it's something academic or something basic like cooking dinner together. If you aren't sure where to start, try asking your kids what they would like to know or what kind of advice they would like to give other children. If you need help finding answers, talk with other parents who are just as busy as you are.

Words Matter

There are many pieces of parenting advice that we often hear from our friends, family, and even strangers. Children learn from their parents what to say and what not to say. If a child hears their mother swear at their father, they may think it's okay to swear at someone else. And if a child hears their father call someone an idiot, they might think it's okay to do the same thing when talking about others. 

Words shape who we are. They can build us up or tear us down. Saying something positive like good job or I'm proud of you, can go a long way in building someone up while saying something negative like you're so stupid can tear them down. 

It's important for children to know how much power words have in shaping their lives because kids take everything literally and don't understand nuance or sarcasm, which can lead to misunderstandings in the future.

Acknowledge Their Feelings

It's not easy to be a parent. Sometimes kids can be really hard to handle, and sometimes you just don't know what to do. I remember when I was a kid, my mom would comfort me with these five words: I'm sorry it's so hard. It always felt like she understood how I was feeling, even if I didn't have the words for it myself. 

We should never forget that our children are experiencing the world in their own way, often more intensely than we can ever imagine. When they're angry or frustrated or sad, acknowledge their feelings before trying to fix things. I see you're feeling mad. You seem really upset about this. It sounds like this makes you very sad. 

Then ask them questions about why they feel that way. It will help them start talking about what's bothering them, which is important because it lets us connect with them on a deeper level.

Set Limits Emotionally

It's important to set limits with your child and teach them how to handle those limits in a healthy way. If you don't set boundaries, they won't know what is appropriate and what isn't. It's also very important that children understand that there are consequences for their actions.

Be Patient: When parenting is hard, it can be easy to just give up and walk away from the situation or say something we might regret later. 

For example, if our kids keep asking for the same toy over and over again, we may feel like yelling NO! but instead try I'm sorry, but no one gets this toy right now. Remember that patience goes both ways. 

Let Them Know They're Safe: It's also important to let children know they're safe while they're learning what's expected of them as well as teaching them how to protect themselves when necessary.

Listening Skills Are a Strength

Listening is more than just hearing. It's understanding what the other person is saying and then responding appropriately. This skill may not be easy, but it will make you a better parent. That's because when your child feels listened to, they will feel respected. And when they are respected they are much less likely to get into trouble at school or start an argument with you. They will also have increased confidence in themselves because they know that their parents really care about them. 

In fact, as parents we have to do our best to put our children first even when we are feeling frustrated. If this means sitting down with them and talking things through until they can understand why you need them to behave differently - so be it!

We're Our Own Worst Critics

In order to be the best parent that we can, we need to be able to recognize what we're doing wrong. It's easy for us as parents to get wrapped up in thinking about all of the things that our children do right and not notice the times when they need guidance or when they're struggling. 

The next time your child does something you don't approve of, try not to focus on their mistakes but instead on what they did right, and then think about how you could have helped them do it better. 


If they say something disrespectful, take a moment to step back and ask yourself if this is really a big deal--maybe there was an honest mistake. And remember that even though kids are resilient and capable of making their own decisions, parenting should always come first..

Healthy Competition Leads to Good Results

It's important to encourage healthy competition in children. It teaches them how to work with others and encourages them to be the best they can be. 

  • Not only does it build their confidence, but it also helps them learn about themselves and their strengths. 
  • Encourage your child to participate in at least one extracurricular activity, like soccer or dance class. 
  • If he doesn't want to do anything then you could always try sports camps for kids that are within driving distance of your house.

First of all, it is important for parents to find a hobby or an interest that their child enjoys so that they have a common interest. Secondly, make sure you stay on top of things such as homework and chores so that they don't fall behind.

Encourage Creativity

Encourage your child to get creative in their own way. Let them see the world through their lens, not yours. Encourage creativity and express yourself in your own way, even if that means you're a little different from everyone else. 

Allow your child to be themselves and just watch as they flourish into an amazing person! They might have dreams that are completely out of the box, but by encouraging them to pursue these dreams without judgment or criticism, they will create and achieve something incredible. And while they may not follow society's norms all of the time, they will eventually find happiness within themselves.