Hero Parenting

by Susan Rutledge


Follow these 10 tips and become a Hero Parent in the eyes of your children!

1) LISTEN to Your Child – listening builds their self-confidence!

  • Remove distractions
  • Make eye contact
  • Ask questions
  • Don’t criticize
  • Avoid “preaching”
  • Never interrupt

2) Give Your Child Your TIME – kids spell “love” T-I-M-E

  • Set your priorities – Family 1st!
  • Develop a balanced schedule
  • Don’t put a child off until tomorrow…tomorrow may never come!

3) BLESS Your Child – Use your words to BUILD and not DESTROY

  • Pray for God’s blessings over your children
  • Don’t let a day go by without a hug!

4) Always Keep Your PROMISES

  • To a child, a broken promise is a lie
  • Teach by example – trust is a 2-way street…live an honest life and expect that from your child


  • Never lose your temper with your child
  • Don’t change the rules when your mood changes
  • Be fair

6) Treat Your Child With RESPECT

  • Don’t talk down to your child
  • Don’t belittle your child
  • Talk to and treat your child as if Jesus was standing next to you…because He is!
  • Value your child’s feelings!


  • Clearly explain your rules to the children
  • Clearly explain consequences
  • Say what you’ll do and do what you say

8) Give Your Child Your UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

  • Love your children through their successes & despite their failures
  • Make sure your child doesn’t feel like your love is based on what they DO

9) Model Your FAITH For Your Child

  • Children are looking for the REAL thing
  • Don’t give lip service to God
  • Help your child learn forgiveness by allowing your child see YOU forgive
  • Help your child learn strength by standing strong when something fearful happens
  • Let your child see you pray and trust God!

10) Prepare Your Child For FREEDOM

  • Give your child “space” to try new things
  • Be there to “pick up” your child when he fails, and encourage him to always try again
  • True freedom comes through Christ – do all you can to help your child know Jesus Christ as their Savior!
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