Make a big deal about going back to school. When kids see how much you value education, they’re more likely to get excited about it.
Include children in discussions of family priorities that reflect values (such as how to spend time or how to stand up for beliefs).
Indulge in a fun activity before your kids go back to school. Some families go to a zoo, amusement park, or water park as a way to signal that “last hurrah” of summer.
National Night Out is Tuesday, August 5, 2014. Attend the community event with your family to get to know your neighbors. Learn more about NNO >>
Encourage your children to express their feelings, but help them with guidelines on appropriate and inappropriate ways to act on their feelings.
Teach your kids that mistakes are part of life. Everyone goofs up, and everyone can learn from their mistakes.
Childproof all places where kids play and hang out. Keep them safe.
Don’t let cute behavior or your kids’ impish grins make you back down on boundaries. Be firm.
Take a family vacation from chores. Declare one Saturday or Sunday “no chores and no errand day.” Then do something fun together.
Find ways to connect with other parents. Get to know them as you watch your kids’ activities.
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