1. B e a good listener

Understand your child and it is more important to listen to them, giving them opportunity to explain his/her fears, anxieties and doubts. Be sure to give your total and individual attention.

2. Spend quality time

Try to make the most of your time with your children interactive. Strengthen your emotional bonding with your child. Play games, tell stories and talk about all things under the sky.

3. Be firm, fair and friendly

It is important to decide disciplinary rules at home. The rules should be fair. In all cases, the communication should be amicable, non-threatening and non-abusive. Your child should respect you and not be afraid of you.

4. Do not yell at children

Yelling silences your message. Speak quietly so that your children can hear your words instead of just your voice.

5. Use appreciation, not condemnation

Positive parenting is very important. Instead of always telling your child what not do, try to tell them what to do. Reward them for their good deeds.

6. Be patient

Never expect your child to change overnight and never expect yourself to become a great parent. It all takes time and will change gradually.

7. Affirm a child

It is easier to build up a child than repair an adult. Choose your words wisely. Affirming words from mom and dad are like little light switches. Speak a word of affirmation at the right moment in a child's life and it is like lighting up a whole roomful of possibilities.