Look for fun moments! Many experts emphasize finding “teachable moments,” but don’t overlook the fun ones in the process.
Talk about how bad things happen to people. Every person, at some point in life, will struggle with a difficult situation. What matters is how you react and work through the difficulty.
Be clear about what’s really funny and what’s not. As kids develop a sense of humor, they’ll push the boundaries. Be clear about what’s inappropriate and why.
Encourage your kids to walk in another’s shoes.
Whenever possible, attend school events. Ask your child to introduce you to her friends. Show that you’re interested in getting to know them.
If you get the feeling that one of your child’s friends could be having a bad influence, invite the friend to spend time with you and your child together so you can have a positive influence on the relationship.
Know that teaching kids responsibility takes a long time. Don’t expect sudden miracles. Continue to talk and teach about responsibility as your child grows.