9. The best way to parent in a positive way is to take care of you. Make sure you get enough rest, good nutrition, and some time for yourself when possible. This might require you actually scheduling time for yourself to make it happen. 10. Have good parental boundaries. Don't treat your child as a friend, confidante, or confess things to your child that are inappropriate. This becomes confusing for a child and interferes with parental discipline.
11. Don't expect to be a perfect parent-- there is no such thing! Everyone makes mistakes, even the most loving parents. If you do find yourself having continuous difficulty or feel yourself becoming out of control, please seek professional help. Patterns of abuse can be prevented by early intervention.
Joleen Watson, MS, LMFTA, NCC, is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. She enjoys doing marriage counseling, relationship counseling, couples counseling, and individual counseling. Imagine Hope also specializes in family, child and adolescent counseling and serves Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield, and Fishers.