When you fudge the truth, admit it and apologize. This sounds simple, but it is not always easy.
Call your children’s attention to times when their words and actions don’t match and times when they do. Encourage them to do the same for you.
You are both teacher and role model of positive values. The ways in which you talk about values and live by them will strongly influence your children’s development of them, especially when your children become teenagers.
Think about your children’s passions and interests. Look for ways they can make a difference in those areas. Do they love dogs? How about helping them collect pet food or soft rags for an animal shelter? Are they passionate about music? Let them share their talent in a family talent show.
It’s important to be involved as a family in events or activities, even if you are separated or divorced. If possible, this could mean setting aside differences and attending your child’s performance or school conference together.