What Not to Do
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Have you ever felt clueless as a parent? I have. It's tempting to fall back on criticism, name-calling, yelling, or pleading with the child. Or to be the threatening-repeating parent who says, "You better not, or else...", but it's just empty threats. These strategies get the job done but long term, they defeat your child's spirit and ruin your authority as a parent--especially as a stepparent. Take time to learn about good parenting and stepparenting. The next generation is depending on you.
Learning to be a good parent, in part, means knowing what not to do.