Remember that touch, both loving and not, is a form of communication. Do you hug your kids, put your hand on their shoulders when speaking to them, put your arm around them when they are feeling down?
Pay attention to the tone of voice you use with your kids; it can say as much as your words.
Never dismiss your child’s feelings.
Give specific positive feedback when your kids show courage.
When you have a disagreement, be sure to invite your child to share her or his point of view.
If your child tells you something in confidence, keep it in confidence unless you fear doing so could cause harm.
Declare your home a “snark-free zone” where bad-mouthing others is off-limits.
Go on walks as a family and talk about whatever comes to mind.
Use lots of different means to write your kids notes telling what you appreciate about them: Facebook, texts, post-its on a mirror, and more.
Sometimes sit or lie down with your child at night and reflect on the day.
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