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When you disagree with your kids, point out that you still care about them and that disagreements don’t cancel out love.
Give kids an allowance so they can learn how to manage money while they’re young.
Do something unusual to make family mealtimes more fun. Have a picnic outside or on the floor in your living room.
Get your kids outside. Splash in puddles. Run around the yard or playground. Organize a neighborhood game night. Get out and move.
Ask your kids what they worry about. Then address their concerns.
Model safe driving to your kids. Don’t text or use your cell phone. Focus only on the road (and talking calmly with your kids) while you drive.
Consider re-arranging your kids’ rooms to help them feel like they’re getting something new—without paying a cent.
Involve your kids when planning vacations, getaways, and reunions. They often have great ideas about what to do.
If you have more than one child, make sure you’re not giving one child more attention than another. Kids notice.
Actively honor the 4th of July with your kids by attending a parade, talking to a veteran, or visit those who don’t have the day off (police officers, fire fighters, etc.) and take them treats to thank them for their service.
Ask your kids silly questions to jumpstart their imaginations.
Give your kids some downtime to choose what they want to do.
Need a summer project to do with your kids? Grow food you can eat like herbs, tomatoes, carrots, or strawberries. All you need is some dirt, a pot, and seeds.
Help your kids clean their rooms. Put on music they like and dance (or sing) as your work. Getting your kids to do household chores >>
Stop power struggles with your kids by remaining calm. Then offer choices to break log jams.
Break new tasks into small, manageable steps that children can master without becoming too frustrated.
Recognize the major, positive influence you have on your kids—and on the kids around you.
Talk with your kids when they make money mistakes. (All of them do!) Discuss how to make better money choices next time.
Soothe your kids when they get upset. Teach them how to calm themselves down in healthy ways.
Eat a meal as a family. Encourage everyone to talk. Ask about what they’re interested in or what gets them excited.