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Listen to your child and respect what he or she tells you.
Invite your child’s friends to hang out in your home when you are there. Take time to chat with them.
When your child pulls away from you and wants a lot of privacy, first understand that this is completely normal. However, do encourage trusted adults to stay connected to your child. While your kids may not want to talk to you, they may be much more open to talking to a teacher, a grandparent, or a neighbor.
Distract young children from inappropriate behavior and draw attention to how you want them to act.
Parenting is not a sprint. It’s a marathon (and maybe more like a triathlon). Pace yourself. You need time to unwind, even if only for a few minutes.
Give children opportunities to plan and to lead some family activities.
Ask your children to read to you as they learn to read. Show them that you are excited about their reading.
Know that there will be times when parenting is overwhelming and stressful. That’s true for all parents. You’re not alone.
Teach your children how to care for special things—such as toys, books, or plants—by themselves.
Emphasize participation in sports and activities more than competition.
Be honest when you lose your temper. All parents do sometimes. It’s good for kids to see that adults aren’t always perfect.
Know that teaching a child to resolve conflicts peacefully takes a long time. Kids need to practice, and they need to practice often. Keep reminding them what to do when they’re upset and want to fight.
Actively honor Veteran’s Day with your family by attending a parade, making cards for veterans, or hanging the flag. Discuss why you recognize the holiday with your kids.
Look for fun moments! Many experts emphasize finding “teachable moments,” but don’t overlook the fun ones in the process.
Talk about how bad things happen to people. Every person, at some point in life, will struggle with a difficult situation. What matters is how you react and work through the difficulty.
Be clear about what’s really funny and what’s not. As kids develop a sense of humor, they’ll push the boundaries. Be clear about what’s inappropriate and why.
Encourage your kids to walk in another’s shoes.
Whenever possible, attend school events. Ask your child to introduce you to her friends. Show that you’re interested in getting to know them.
If you get the feeling that one of your child’s friends could be having a bad influence, invite the friend to spend time with you and your child together so you can have a positive influence on the relationship.
Know that teaching kids responsibility takes a long time. Don’t expect sudden miracles. Continue to talk and teach about responsibility as your child grows.