If you are angry or frustrated with your child try lowering your voice—speak quietly and slowly and in a quiet place. Lowering your temperature will help lower theirs.
Even though disagreements are not fun (and can make your life more difficult), they mean that you’re raising a child who can make his or her own decisions.
Banish pessimistic phrases from your home. Instead of kids saying, “I can’t do it,” have them say, “I’ll figure out how to do it” and “I can do it.”
Keep a sense of humor about parenting.
Whenever you feel like you’re saying the same thing over and over, stop. What isn’t changing? What could you do differently so that you don’t feel like you’re in a rut?
By Amy Williams, Guest Blogger
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Greet your children’s friends when you see them, using the name or nickname they prefer. Ask how they’re doing.
Don’t let anyone in your family (including you) watch too much television. Encourage your children to spend their time doing interesting and meaningful activities—some with you, some with their friends, some by themselves.