Engage your kids in helping keep your home a healthy, safe place to be. Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors regularly, and have an escape plan in case of fire.
Focus your energy on achieving your own goals and hopes for your family, without worrying about what others are doing.
Help your kids role play standing up to friends who pressure them to do things they don’t want to do.
Tell your children about a time when you really messed up and learned from it.
Stock your bookshelves with inspiring books about heroes who have made a difference with their lives.
Encourage your children to accept their friends just the way they are, and to tell them so.
Together with your kids make an effort to learn about the ideals and principles of a group with whom you disagree.
All siblings experience rivalry. If it gets particularly bad, ask a librarian to recommend a practical book on the issue. There are plenty out there.
Teach your children about nonviolent resistance by reading about Martin Luther King Jr., Mohandas Ghandi, and other nonviolent leaders.
The next time you say no to a child’s request, first spend time really listening to her or his reasons for wanting whatever it is.
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