Encourage empathy in your children by engaging them in service to the community among people who have less than they do.
Give each child one new job or responsibility and then keep tabs on how they are doing in order to help them learn to do it well.
Don’t expect perfection from yourself, your parenting partner, or your kids.
Make it a policy to never speak poorly of others in your home.
Rather than jumping to a yes or no when posed a dilemma or request by your children, be okay with saying “I need to think about that, so I will answer you later.”
The next time one of your kids lashes out at you, don’t lash back. Say that the matter can be discussed later, when everyone has calmed.
Always affirm your kids’ value and worth, especially when they goof up or don’t achieve a goal they’ve pursued.
You learn something every single time you feel like you blew it as a parent. Start keeping a journal to remind yourself of these “profits.”
Talk with your kids about real-life stuff like drugs, alcohol, and sexuality. Let them know your values and expectations.
Kids need to figure out for themselves their place in the world. Putting safety first, let them experiment with different styles, attitudes, and interests.
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