When your child is curious about something, help her or him learn more.
Plan a progressive party in your neighborhood; ask each family to prepare one snack, and begin the evening at your home. As a group, move from home to home until each family has had a turn to host.
Tell your kids how much you like being with them.
Talk about how you decide when to spend money and why. Teach your kids how to budget. More tips for teaching kids money management >>
Tell other parents when you see their child doing something responsible or generous. Try to find opportunities to say positive things more often than you report misbehavior.
Make your home a safe haven where young people can—and want to—hang out. More tips on how to be involved in your child’s peer relationships without being controlling >>
When life gets hard, be honest about it with your kids. The way you react to hardship teaches them a lot.
Notice when your kids pull away from you. Find out why without invading their privacy.