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Expect more conflict over boundaries as kids go through transition stages, such as beginning to walk, first going to school, entering puberty, or becoming more independent during the high-school years.
Be consistent with the boundaries you set and what you do when they’re violated. Kids are quick to pick up on rules that you don’t enforce.
Notice and comment when your child does something well. Be specific.
Let your child earn more freedoms as he or she shows more responsibility.
Thank the adults who take an active interest in your child.
If you don’t live with your child’s other parent, remember that it can be particularly stressful for your child when he or she is splitting holiday time between parents. Be sensitive to that and make it as easy as possible for your child to enjoy time with both parents.
Help children understand that some rules change as brothers and sisters reach different ages.