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If you tell your child there will be a specific consequence for a certain behavior, be prepared to follow through. Empty threats will teach your child that you “don’t really mean it” when you set boundaries.
Help your child set daily homework goals and suggest a comfortable location where studying will be easier.
Involve your children in decisions about family spiritual activities.
Make sure your child isn’t over- or under-scheduled. Your child also needs downtime at home, as well as time with you.
Help your kids to set healthy boundaries so that when someone pressures them to do something against their values and beliefs, they’re more likely to say no.
Be low-key when you’re around kids. Kids tend to gravitate toward calm adults who listen to them.
Help your child find ways to learn more about a subject that really interests her or him. For example, you might invite an animal lover to watch a documentary about a favorite animal or visit a local veterinarian.
When your children are excited about something, share their excitement.
Encourage your children to evaluate friends and heroes in terms of their positive or negative influence.
Encourage your child to take a leadership role in your community.
Connect your children with adults who have useful wisdom, such as money management skills or career advice.
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Model the values you want to pass on to your children. For example, do service projects together as a family. Talk about why you do it.
Let your kids know that you recognize and appreciate their talents, capabilities, and discoveries.
Give your kids space and respect their privacy when they need it.
Ask your child to imagine a hobby or activity he or she might enjoy now and as an adult. Help your child take steps to start doing it (if they’re not already).
Share stories with your kids about what life was like for you as a young person (dating, school, family, friendships, etc.). Talking about these things may show that you have an understanding of what life is like for them.
Schedule a monthly family movie night. Take turns picking films, and allow plenty of time for discussion afterward.
Look for opportunities—in the car, while doing chores together, or at the dinner table—to ask questions about your child’s classes and teachers.
Plan and prepare a meal with one of your children. Invite your child’s friend to join you.