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.
Try a new board game, such as Run Wild, Sort It Out, Shake Up, or Murder Mystery Mansion.
Give your kids some downtime to choose what they want to do.
Build in extra time for transitions (such as getting to school or an appointment) since kids tend to dawdle.
Make a paper chain out of construction paper (with one link for each day) to count down to a holiday or other special occasion. Remove one link each day.
Encourage your child to participate in activities that nurture their spirit.
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