Think about what you say before you say it

It is easy to say things without thinking about the effect they will have on your child. Instead, try taking a second to think carefully about what you are preparing to say and what it will mean to your child. If it is something that is not positive and life-affirming, maybe it is not such a good idea to say it, unless you definately need to.

Take an interest in your child's day

When you give your child the attention they need, it affirms them as individuals who are loved and respected. This will build them up, give them a sense of worth and will be so beneficial for them in the long run. At the end of each day, sit down with your child before they go to bed and chat through their day with them and what they have done. It will mean a lot to them.

Be transparent and consistent

As a parent it is important that we are the not the kind of people who say one thing and do another. It will have an effect on our children if they see us doing different things to what we are communicating as it harms the trust that they have in us. When we are transparent and consistent in our parenting, we will be trusted by our children and create a secure environment for them to grow up in.

Praise them at every possible opportunity

Children like any other individual, value being praised for the things they do well. Make sure you give your child the praise they deserve at any opportunity you possibly can, so they feel wanted and valued for the things they do well. It creates confidence in your child and will encourage them to go on to greater things.

Don't be afraid to say no

Sometimes as a parent we have to say 'no' to our children so that they know the boundaries in which they live. It is not good to say 'yes' to a child for everything they ask and if we do this, it will encourage a selfish attitude. Saying 'no' to your child can be beneficial in bringing up your child to respect the things they can and can't have and to be respectful of you as well.