Chances are that you are probably a better parent than you think you are…

Parenting is probably the most significant challenge you will take on in life, and as you strive to figure out how to be a good parent, you’ll encounter many deep psychological questions to ask yourself about how you want to raise your kids along the way.

Being a parent can be rewarding and challenging at the same time. No child comes with instructions. Every child is different and there are many ways to be a good parent.

You are not perfect, and that is okay. To be human is to be imperfect – it doesn’t mean you’re a bad parent.

But, if you want to know how to be a good parent, the best gift you can give your child is a healthy you. If you take care of yourself emotionally, physically, and mentally, you will be in the best place to respond to your children with love, compassion, and guidance.

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Are you still worried about how to be a good parent? Chances are, you are probably a better parent than you think you are.

Here are nine deep questions to ask yourself to find out if you’re actually a good parent, or if you need some parenting tips to help you raise healthier, happier kids:

1. Do you forgive your child for small mistakes?

When your child, in their excitement, unintentionally breaks your favourite mug, how do you react?

Parents who take a moment to calm down before talking to their child will find opportunities to demonstrate unconditional love. By letting your child know you forgive them with a hug or other gesture, you create space for learning.

While showering your child with love, you can encourage them to be more careful and learn that accidents do happen.

Parents who lash out at their child for breaking their favourite mug will risk separating themselves emotionally from their child. It may get harder and harder to connect with them if you respond this way too often.

Your child may begin to fear your emotional outburst and they will either retreat into their inner world. This makes it harder to reach them or act out their anger by breaking more things in the house.