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The Three Cs: How to Parent Successfully

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 Numerous studies suggest that the best-adjusted children are reared by parents who find a way to combine warmth and sensitivity with clear behavioral expectations. Parents may find the Four C’s to be a helpful acronym:

  1. Care (showing acceptance and affection)
  2. Consistency (maintaining a stable environment)
  3. Choices (allowing the child to develop autonomy)
  4. Consequences (applying repercussions of choices, whether positive or negative)

To parent effectively, it’s not enough to simply avoid the obvious dangers like abuse, neglect, or overindulgence. Indeed, The National Academy of Sciences delineates four major responsibilities for parents: maintaining children’s health and safety, promoting their emotional well-being, instilling social skills, and preparing children intellectually.

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