Develop your passions and interests. Following your spark sets a good example for your kids (and makes you a better parent).
Encourage your kids to state their views and opinions about issues. Ask questions about what they think, and be supportive of their independent thinking.
Notice when kids become jealous of other kids. Help them understand and work through their jealousy.
Talk with your kids about what they’re seeing in movies and TV shows. Point out what you admire—and what you don’t. Explain why.
Grow food you can eat. Grow tomatoes, carrots, radishes, or strawberries. All you need is some dirt, a pot, and seeds.
Monitor your kids to keep them safe—and to know what they’re up to. Keep track of them in ways that show kids you’re interested in them, not waiting for them to make a mistake.
Play with children, letting them choose the type of play.
Answer kids’ questions. If you don’t know the answer, research it until you do.
When you disagree with your kids, point out that you still care about kids and that disagreements don’t cancel out love.
Involve your kids when planning vacations, getaways, and reunions. They often have great ideas on what to do.
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