"Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you." - Robert Fulghum

Parenting can be an enormously satisfying, rewarding, enriching, and growth-promoting experience. It also can be frustrating, stress producing, isolating and lonely. And for most parents, there are a lot of ups and downs between these emotions. Parenting is no easy task.

Fortunately, we now have good researched-based information that can assist us in being more effective parents. Research studies show effective parenting greatly increases a child's chances of healthy development, while ineffective parenting diminishes such favorable results. Smart parents are those who learn and practice parenting skills that are proven to contribute to the development of happy and productive children. These resources will provide plenty of ideas and skills that will assist you in being an effective parent.

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