Help your children—at every age—find positive outlets for their creative energy. This might include classes, crafts, physical activities, drama, or other activities.
Get to know your kids’ teachers so you can act as partners in educating your family.
Practice being patient when it’s relatively easy, so you’ll be better at it when it’s harder.
When your kids seem to get particularly antsy, give them some undivided love and attention and see what happens.
Letting your kids be responsible for their own outcomes (even if they’re not necessarily what we want) is challenging, but remember that empowerment is important.
Accept that you cannot always solve your kids’ problems, but let them know that you intend to stick by them through thick and thin.
Model healthy, supportive friendships for your children.
Do something that helps you grow—take a class, learn a new skill, tackle a challenge. Share your progress with your family.
Ask your children what they think is special and unique about themselves. And then tell them what you think.
When you feel overwhelmed by the role you play as a parent, remember that you’re not alone in raising your children—they need other caring adults and relatives, too.
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