Avoid glamorizing your accomplishments as a youth. Doing so might put undo pressure on your kids to feel like they have to measure up to unrealistic standards.
The next time you or your child is feeling miserable at bedtime, remind yourselves that tomorrow is a brand-new, different day.
Reading together is important. Choose one hour a week to be family reading time.
Rather than always helping your kids solve problems, teach them skills to know what and how they can change, and what they must just accept.
Recognize and respect that parents show their love for children in different ways.
The next time your child lashes out at you, try responding with love rather than anger, such as, “I’m sorry you’re feeling that way right now. I love you, but it’s not okay to act this way.”
Think of a tradition you want to start, revive, or preserve in your family. Make a short list of things you can do to accomplish this goal.
Don’t try to always treat your kids exactly the same. Instead, honor their unique and positive differences.
When you’re struggling with how to handle a situation involving your child, ask for his or her input.
Help your children—at every age—find positive outlets for their creative energy. This might include classes, crafts, physical activities, drama, or other activities.
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