Get your child a library card in her or his name and go there often to check out books.
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 your children, letting them choose the type of play.
Answer your 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 them and that disagreements don’t cancel out love.
Give kids an allowance so they can learn how to manage money while they’re young.
Do something unusual to make family mealtimes more fun. Have a picnic outside or on the floor in your living room.
Get your kids outside. Splash in puddles. Run around the yard or playground. Organize a neighborhood game night. Get out and move.
Ask your kids what they worry about. Then address their concerns.
Model safe driving to your kids. Don’t text or use your cell phone. Focus only on the road (and talking calmly with your kids) while you drive.
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