Have predictable times for kids to eat, sleep, play, and relax. Kids thrive with routine.
Help your kids clean their rooms. Put on music they like and dance (or sing) as you work.
If you have more than one child, make sure you’re not giving one child more attention than another. Kids notice.
Rotate your art supplies to keep kids from getting bored. Switch between chalk, watercolors, markers, tempera paint, colored pencils, and finger-paints.
Teach your kids that mistakes are part of life. Everyone goofs up, and everyone can learn from his or her mistakes.
Take a trip down memory lane. Flip through a photo album of your child. Talk about what you remember when they were young.
Avoid the morning madness by planning ahead the night before. Set out clothes. Know what to pack for lunches and school.
Get your kids outside. Splash in puddles. Run around the yard or playground. Organize a neighborhood game of kick the can. Get out and move.
Arrange car pools with other parents for kids’ activities to help cut down on the amount of running you have to do—and to help the environment.
Stop power struggles with your kids by remaining calm. Then offer choices to break log jams.
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