Give kids an allowance so they can learn how to manage money while they’re still young and you can influence their choices.
When you disagree with your kids, point out that you still care about kids and that disagreements don’t cancel out love.
Encourage kids to help you with the laundry. Teach them to sort colors. After clothes are dry, have them match socks.
Trade outgrown clothes, toys, and other items with other families.
Ask your kids what they worry about. Then address their concerns.
Find ways to get some exercise even with your busy schedule. Park at the back of a parking lot and walk. Take the stairs.
Help kids learn how to balance their schedules so they’re not overbooking or under booking how they spend their time.
Model safe driving to your kids. Don’t text. Don’t talk on a cell phone. Focus only on the road (and talking calmly with your kids) while your drive.
Help your kids get organized in their rooms and at school. Find organizational tools that they’ll use.
Consider re-arranging your kids’ room to help them feel like they’re getting something new—without paying a cent.
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