Let your children see you cry when you are sad. It will help them know that their own emotions are normal and healthy.
Go along with one of the big dreams your kids have. You never know what might happen.
Think back to when you were the ages your children are now. How did things look, feel, smell, and sound? Try to empathize with what they may be going through by tapping into your own memories.
The next time your child has a problem or concern that seems overwhelming, help make a plan for dealing with it. Include small steps and estimates of how long each might take. Remind your child that each step is leading to a good end result.
Instead of being frustrated because your child has a trait you don’t have, remind yourself that the characteristic is special and unique—just like your child.
The next time your child wants to have a chat with you, resist all temptation to interject disagreements, corrections, or other “chat killers” and focus on listening and sharing ideas.
Whenever your children are honest about something they’ve done of which you don’t approve, be sure to praise them for their honesty before enforcing consequences for their actions.
Talk with your kids about how and why they need to speak up for themselves and resist those who encourage them to try unsafe behaviors. Practice what to do in difficult situations.