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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.
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.