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Point out when your child is making good decisions regarding friendships and positive choices.
Allow young children to make simple choices, such as wearing black socks or red socks.
Set aside one or two nights each week when all family members commit to not scheduling activities outside of the home.
Avoid comparing your children with each other or with kids outside your family.
Set clear limits on your children’s technology use, and make sure that your kids know the consequences for going over the limits.
Ask your child what her or his goals are. Help your child think of how time spent on different activities helps or hinders efforts to reach those goals.
Display your kids’ artwork in your home.
Too often when we’re upset, we focus all of our energy on what we want to say, what we want to teach. Take time to listen to your child.
Whenever you talk with other parents, be sure to tell them what you like about their kids.
Set aside some informal time each day for your family to talk with no distractions, such as a family dinner.
Create traditions with your kids and keep them.
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Teach children to be responsible for their own behavior and to be considerate of others.
Be firm and fair, taking care not to overreact when rules are broken. Keep in mind that appropriate, consistent consequences will teach your child to accept responsibility for her or his actions, while harsh punishment will most likely cause resentment.
Encourage your kids to forgive others. Yes, they can still stand up for themselves, but a generous spirit is a forgiving spirit.
Remember your goal and purpose: you want to raise a child who succeeds in life. Knowing where you’re headed often helps you deal with the day-to-day routine.
Help your children find inspirational, positive role models.
When a disagreement occurs, work through only that problem. Don’t pull in other issues that may be bothering you.
Encourage an older sibling to mentor a younger sibling in something they know how to, like reading, learning left from right, or basic math. Compliment their work together, both learning and teaching.
If you are angry or frustrated with your child try lowering your voice—speak quietly and slowly and in a quiet place. Lowering your temperature will help lower theirs.