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Whenever your child notices that someone is upset and wants to help, encourage him or her to act on that impulse. Afterward, talk about how pleased you are with your child for caring.
Kids learn a lot about honesty from the way you act. They notice when you tell lies over the phone—or to a salesperson to get rid of her. Work on being honest yet tactful and respectful to others.
For those celebrating Thanksgiving today, have each person present name something he or she is thankful for in the past year. It could be the birth of a new family member, moving to a new house, starting school, or getting well after being sick.
Consider spending part of your Thanksgiving (or Thanksgiving weekend) helping others by doing a family service project.
This Thanksgiving, try getting kids and adults to interact more. Consider creating a different seating arrangement at your holiday table. Place a child from a different family next to a different adult.
By: Becky Post, Guest Blogger
Children will let their parents know what’s going on at school, especially if they are really excited about something. For example, most kids love dress-up days. Whether it’s spirit day or wear-your-pajamas-to-school day, kids of all ages like to get into the act.Blog Image: FiveStar Rating: 0
Model sincere appreciation. Kids notice when you have an attitude of gratitude—and when you don’t.
As a family, talk about what you like and dislike about Thanksgiving. Your kids may surprise you: some really enjoy annual traditions while others get bored with them.
Plan a holiday shopping event in your home or community center. Ask adult volunteers to collect or donate inexpensive gifts, paper, tags, and bows so children can select gifts and wrap them for family members.
Regularly express your caring—verbally and nonverbally—to your children.
By: Becky Post, Guest Blogger
November and December have to be the most creative months of the year. The arts come alive through so many mediums during the holidays: concerts, recitals, craft fairs, baking, and decorating seem to occupy much of our time.Blog Image: FiveStar Rating: 0
Distract your children from inappropriate behavior by drawing attention to how you want them to act.
Maintain a positive attitude about education. Don’t reinforce negative attitudes about the value of education by asking questions such as, “Won’t you be glad when school is out?”
Give children opportunities to plan and to lead some family activities.
Thank a teacher, principal, custodian, substitute, or other school staff person for her or his efforts.
Ask your children to read to you as they learn to read. Show them that you are excited about their reading.
Teach your children how to care for special things, such as toys, books, or plants, by themselves.
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Ask your parenting partner what you can do to ease her or his stress level.
Continue to show affection to your teenage children by spending time with them—even if you’re not doing or talking about anything special.