Include your children in family discussions and decisions. Be sure to solicit their opinions if they are reluctant to share them.
When your children behave in highly emotional ways, try to stay calm. Often they will follow your lead.
Find lots of ways to show your family members that you love them: leave notes where they will find them, do a chore that isn’t your responsibility, give hugs, be kind to one another.
Tell your kids what’s special about them and that your love for them will never end. Some parents think children just know these things. They won’t, unless they hear it directly from you.
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When your child interrupts you, try to remain patient. Use the opportunity to talk about communication and courtesy.
When you and your child disagree, be respectful and let her or him know it’s okay for people in families to have different opinions and that you still care.
Help your child learn to brainstorm and choose solutions to problems so that he or she learns to be empowered.
Teach your children to balance their time so they gradually learn how to avoid getting too busy or too bored. For example, you could show a child how to use a calendar or planner to keep track of activities.