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Childproof all places where kids play and hang out. Keep them safe.
Don’t let cute behavior or your kids’ impish grins make you back down on boundaries. Be firm.
Take a family vacation from chores. Declare one Saturday or Sunday “no chores and no errand day.” Then do something fun together.
Find ways to connect with other parents. Get to know them as you watch your kids’ activities.
Encourage your kids to state their views and opinions about issues. Ask questions about what they think, and be supportive of their independent thinking.
Notice when kids become jealous of other kids. Help them understand and work through their jealousy.
Talk with your kids about what they’re seeing in movies and TV shows. Point out what you admire—and what you don’t. Explain why.
By Sarah Willis, Guest Blogger
Reading rates among children have declined over the years. Fortunately, parents can greatly influence children’s reading habits and set kids on the path to becoming lifelong lovers of books.Blog Image: FiveStar Rating: 0
Have predictable times for kids to eat, sleep, play, and relax. Kids thrive with routine.
Help kids learn how to balance their schedules so they’re not overbooking or under-booking themselves.
Maintain a warm, caring relationship with your kids even when they frustrate you.
Encourage your child to participate in activities that nurture their spirit.
Act in ways that you want your children to act. Don’t just tell them what to do and what not to do.
When you take your kids shopping, be clear about the budget and what you will and will not buy. Otherwise, it’s easy for kids to pressure you to buy on impulse.
Get your child a library card in her or his name and go there often to check out books.
Monitor your kids to keep them safe—and to know what they’re up to. Keep track of them in ways that show kids you’re interested in them, not waiting for them to make a mistake.
By: Becky Post
Many families spend a lot of time in vehicles in the summer, whether it involves a long driving trip or running kids to soccer tournaments. July is National Purposeful Parenting Month and a perfect time to connect with your children occurs in the car.Blog Image: FiveStar Rating: 0
Play with your children, letting them choose the type of play.
Answer your kids’ questions. If you don’t know the answer, research it until you do.
When you disagree with your kids, point out that you still care about them and that disagreements don’t cancel out love.