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Say more positive things to your family than negative ones.
Ask your children what they like and don’t like about their daily routines. Together figure out changes to improve them.
Find a way to celebrate the first day—or first week—of school. By making it a celebration, you’re showing your kids that you value their education.
Accept your kids as they are.
If you haven’t started already, begin helping your child get into a school routine. Have predictable bed times, meal times, and wake-up times.
Be understanding when your child has a difficult day.
Make a big deal about going back to school. When kids see how much you value education, they’re more likely to get excited about it.
Include children in discussions of family priorities that reflect values (such as how to spend time or how to stand up for beliefs).
Indulge in a fun activity before your kids go back to school. Some families go to a zoo, amusement park, or water park as a way to signal that “last hurrah” of summer.
National Night Out is Tuesday, August 5, 2014. Attend the community event with your family to get to know your neighbors. Learn more about NNO >>
Encourage your children to express their feelings, but help them with guidelines on appropriate and inappropriate ways to act on their feelings.
Teach your kids that mistakes are part of life. Everyone goofs up, and everyone can learn from their mistakes.
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