Parents·Posted on Mar 4, 201519 Ways To Be A Better Parent Right NowBecause "good enough" isn't.by Mike SpohrBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed 1. Compliment your kid more. BuzzFeed / Spohr Mom/blogger Jessica Abbot says a great way to make sure you acknowledge the things your kid is doing right is by putting three rubber bands on your arm at the start of the day, then taking one off every time you praise your kid. By the end of the day you should have taken off all the rubber bands — and complimented your kid (at least) three times. 2. Stop yelling so much. Flickr: abbydadams / Via Creative Commons Similar to the Rubber Band Method is the Five Rings Method, which has you start the day with five rings on one arm. Every time you yell during the day you take off a ring. By drawing your attention to how many times you yell, you will learn to yell less. 3. Be more present with your kids. Flickr: 30800139@N04 / Via Creative Commons It's easy to get distracted, but Love Play Learn has a number of strong suggestions for being more present, including setting aside 20-30 minutes per day when you focus on your kid 100%. 4. Take The Mom Challenge (Dads can take it too.) itsafabulouslife.com It's A Fabulous Life has outlined almost a year's worth of wonderful weekly challenges that encourage you to do things like teach positivity to your kids. 5. Hug your kids longer. Flickr: ganesha_isis / Via Creative Commons The Happiness Project says that it takes at least six seconds to get oxytocin and serotonin — aka the happy chemicals — flowing. Do you hug your kids that long? Mom/Blogger Kelly Holmes found that by hugging her partner and kids longer, it made her more relaxed and better able to deal with parenting challenges. 6. Handle it better when your kid talks back. Flickr: demibrooke / Via Creative Commons It's important to understand why your kid is talking back in order to stop it. Find a list of reasons your kid might be talking back — plus strategies to deal with it — here. 7. Choose your battles. Flickr: jaaronfarr / Via Creative Commons Are some of the things you and your kid fight over lower priority issues than others? If so, let the less important ones slide. This will make your kid much more likely to listen to you about the serious stuff. 8. Learn infant and child CPR. View this video on YouTube youtube.com The above video gives a quick lesson, but you'll be even better prepared if you sign up for a class at your local Red Cross. 9. Help your kid to become a better reader. fun-in-first.blogspot.com The printable seen above made by teacher Jodi Southard has a number of terrific questions parents can ask their kids during story time. Her website also has a similarly valuable printable for helping your kid with math. 10. Discipline without spanking. mycrazyblessedlife.com One way is by making a Glittery Time Out Timer. When your kid acts up you shake the bottle bringing all of the glitter to the top, then set it down. Your kid must sit quietly until the glitter settles. This both punishes and calms your kid. 11. Parent your kid in an age-appropriate way. Flickr: piinkapplee / Via Creative Commons Sometimes we are harder on younger kids than their age warrants; other times we treat older kids like babies. Making it a priority to parent our children in an age-appropriate way is a key part of raising well-adjusted kids. 12. Teach your kids to peacefully resolve conflicts using Paper, Rock, Scissors. Flickr: marktee / Via Creative Commons Learn more here. 13. Keep your relationship alive. Flickr: theklan / Via Creative Commons Kids can put stress on a couple, but it's important for both you and your kids that you keep your relationship healthy. Find 15 simple tips to keep the magic alive here. 14. Use the "asked and answered" technique to cut down on your kid's nagging. Flickr: araswami Learn more here. 15. Stop fighting with your partner about discipline strategies. Goodluz / Getty Images When two parents have differing ideas on how best to discipline a kid, it can create a lot of conflict in the home. You can find five strategies (hint: they involve communication) that parents can use to get on the same page here. 16. Try to see the world from your kid's perspective. Purestock / Getty Images Parenting can sometimes feel like it's "us" against "them," but there's real value in seeing the world from your kid's perspective. The importance of slowing down, forgiving easily, and having fun are just a few things we can learn from our kids. 17. Take a break. Flickr: arazas / Via Creative Commons Parenting is a very hard job that offers few opportunities to take a break. Breaks are critical, though, for a parent's mental well-being even if they're small breaks. Early Bird Mom breaks down some of the ways she manages to take a break here. 18. Write down three things that went right every night. Ferlistockphoto / Getty Images A study by Martin Seligman found that people who wrote down three things that went well (and what caused them) before bed were happier even after just one week. This concept can be applied to parenting, too. Try ending your day by writing down three positive things that happened with your kid (along with the cause). 19. Never stop trying to learn and grow as a parent. Thinkstock / Getty Images Take the advice you like and leave the rest, but never stop challenging yourself to be the best parent you can be. Want great parenting tips in your inbox twice a week? Sign up for the BuzzFeed Parents newsletter!