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Great Parenting Skills Mean Safer Kids

Aug 17, 2007
A simple but effective way to begin teaching your child safety starts with a positive, fun and exciting approach to the subject. Even a serious subject like safety and protection from sexual predators, can be taught to kids in a fun, exciting way with lots of positive reinforcement.

Keep your learning sessions with your child fun. Keep them exciting. Keep what you work on with your child in short segments packed full of good feelings and laughter. Positive emotions are very powerful when linked to teaching and learning. When you develop parenting skills that can do this, your child's learning will be accelerated.

Your skills should guide your child through a path of learning personal safety techniques rather than boring them with repetitive practice sessions and memorization. Good parenting skills for real child safety relate to guiding, mentoring, and teaching your child.

Classroom learnng of safety is very powerful. However, it is still in a classroom. Classroom learning is effective, but it is still are an isolated occurrence once a week in the busy life of a child. Techniques must be reinforced at home by parents for true, lifelong learning.

Good parenting skills play naturally into reinforcing behaviors you want in your child, easily and effortlessly. Rote repetition should not have to happen, at least with our techniques. Hone your skills and make your child's path to safety easy, fun and effective.

The Key To Parenting Success
"I will always do my best," becomes a lightning rod for growth only if it is incorporated into everyday life. This happens when it is part of family life. It happens when parents and entire families use and embrace the principles of safe kids.

Growth and learning also happen at great rates in your child when you let your child express what they naturally possess. This is the key to your success with your parenting skills. Understand your child's innate personality. The more you understand the core nature of your child, their basic personality, the more you can adjust your skills to play into their natural nature. You allow them to learn in an easier manner for them. You also reduce conflict that arises through misunderstanding your child. Just knowing the basics of your child's personality can help you teach them safety in a more effective manner.

You can begin to do this with a simple understanding of the psychological make up of your child.

First, kids are generally:

1. Introverted

2. Extroverted

Most kids are a mix of these two traits and somewhere in between being introverted or extroverted.

Understanding which of these personalities your child is naturally allows you to guide them through life better. For example, if you deal with your introverted daughter like she was an extrovert you will make your interactions with her more difficult than they need to be. You'll be using skills that she either cannot respond to or responds to badly, perhaps increasing your frustration level. It can quickly spiral out of control.

An introvert is basically a shy person. It is usually a person characterized by concern primarily with his or her own thoughts and feelings.

An extrovert is an outgoing, gregarious person. It is usually a person characterized by extroversion; a person concerned primarily with the physical and social environment.

It is crucial for you to understand that neither one of these personality traits is good or bad. They also do not mean that a child who is an introvert cannot learn to develop skills in the extrovert arena or the other way around.

Most studies show introverts are a minority at around 30% of the population. If your child tends to be introverted, they like quiet activities, especially ones they can do quietly alone. Introverted kids are not antisocial as much as they are exhausted by activities that most kids do like pep clubs, sports teams and church activities.

Highlight and value the introverted qualities of concentration, focus, self discipline, depth, integrity and self knowledge. Getting your introverted child's attention is pretty easy. Getting them to focus and increase their mental focus abilities is relatively easy. Teach them with an accent on their ability to work quietly and intensely alone, help them allocate reading time and time to reflect on what you show them. At the same time, making them go out and play with all the other kids can be counter to their natural tendencies.

If your child tends to be extroverted, they are just the opposite of introversion. They are the majority of kids that run around, play games, sports and seem to run on boundless noise. Our society values extroverted children highly. These are the kids that need high energy, excitement and fun built into their learning process consistently. Play into their energy and excitement.

When you grasp the personality type of your child you begin to increase you ability to guide them through life better. You can tool and tune your parenting skills and focus based upon them being extroverted or introverted. You can get results with your child in a manner that is easier for yourself as well as being more effective and easier for your child.

For example, you can guide them in positive directions more easily. When you start to get results, you can increase your effectiveness and adjust your approach as required. More importantly, when you do not get results you can adjust your approach until you get results.
About the Author
Joyce Jackson is a child safety expert in northern California. For her extensive website and information see Keeping Kids Safe and a free special report at STOP Predators COLD!
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