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15 ways to easily become a better parent, according to experts

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  Whether it's a promise or consequence, parents who don't follow
  through when needed can send mixed messages to children. "You beg
  then yell and threaten your kids with punishment for misbehavior,
  so eventually they comply but you do nothing," said Gregory
  Ramey, executive director for pediatric mental health resources
  at Dayton Children's Hospital. "You've just taught your kids that
  you cannot be trusted to mean what you say and your credibility
  is lost."

1. Follow through

Whether it's a promise or consequence, parents who don't follow through when needed can send mixed messages to children. "You beg then yell and threaten your kids with punishment for misbehavior, so eventually they comply but you do nothing," said Gregory Ramey, executive director for pediatric mental health resources at Dayton Children's Hospital. "You've just taught your kids that you cannot be trusted to mean what you say and your credibility is lost."

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