Parenting is hard and knowing if you are going in the right directions can be difficult to figure out. Parenting is a skill that is developed and learned, the Life Resolutions team is here to help you develop these skills. Our Director, Jodie Brenton wants all Australians to have the skills to have a happy and healthy life. Having the skills to build a happy family will help with your child’s health and development, as well as help you grow as a person and a parent. Our head psychologist, Mary Magalotti and our team of psychologists aim to support parents and families through all stages of life.

Here Are Some Traits of a Good Parent

Providing unconditional love and encouragement – You are the primary influence on your child’s sense of self-worth and her ability to face the world with confidence. Help your child to feel cherished by giving her your time and attention daily.

Using positive discipline strategies – Your child will learn to distinguish right from wrong if you set clear and consistent limits and consequences. Model positive behaviour and notice your child’s positive behaviour and ensure to give positive feedback. Ensure you place boundaries on what is right and wrong.

Teaching responsibility – One of the greatest gifts your child can learn is that they are responsible for the choices their makes and the consequences of their actions. Offer her choices whenever you can. Give her age-appropriate chores so that she learns that she is responsible for contributing to your household.

Using routines and rituals to create a sense of togetherness – Family routines such as dinnertime, bedtime, weekly outings and other routines help children to feel a sense of control and predictability. Rituals can also take the form of a special way to say goodbyes such as with a kiss, cuddle and high five.

Looking after themselves – To be a good parent is to feel good about yourself and your role as a parent. The better you feel about yourself, the more effective parent you can be. Regularly take time-out for yourself doing whatever it is that works at renewing yourself.

Support at Life Resolutions

Jodie Brenton aims to make support for parents accessible. Here at Life Resolutions, we want all families to understand that parenting is a skill that you can develop, there is no shame or stigma in seeking support for you or your family. Mary Magalotti and our team of psychologists provide parenting and family counselling to help your family be happy and healthy.

Learn more about your family services on our website. You can book an appointment online or over the phone.