An All-Star Parent:
Realizes that a child is a person who is innately good and deserving of
respectful treatment no matter what age they are. They do not call a child
names like selfish, crazy, stupid, or lazy.
Is nurturing, sensitive, and tuned in to their child’s emotions. She meets the
child where he is now not where she wants him to be.
Has a belief that their child can be successful in life. She gives the child all
the tools and all the encouragement she can muster up to help him or her
Listens and is interested in what the child’s world is all about. He teaches
coaches and applauds her victories and accomplishments.
Encourages his child to identify, label, and express his feelings in acceptable
Sets clear limits and rules and although consistent is not rigid. She gives
reasons and explanations for rules. A child should know what is expected
and what the consequences are if he breaks the rules.
Uses punishment only as a last resort. Rewards and positive reinforcement
should be the major means of behavioral management. The best rewards
are privileges and not things.
Has high expectations of his children without stressing them out by raising
"the bar" too high. Effort and motivation trump results every time.
Teaches the child that cooperation, kindness, forgiveness, and gratitude are
Gives the child a sense of spirituality.