To send forth strong children, parents need to be strong. Make time for personal renewal—look for everyday beauty, chat with a friend, or put on your favorite music.
Visit a library with your children and ask at the reference desk for three great children’s books. Find a comfy spot and read them aloud together.
Resist the temptation to prevent your child from experiencing a failure or mistake. As long as your child won’t be hurt, step back and watch the learning process unfold—this is important for you both.
After an issue, talk to your child about the challenges of building a strong family. Talk about ways to get through the difficult times together.
Parenting children of any age is a relationship stressor. Be good to your partner and yourself. If your relationship isn’t as strong as it could be, talk about it. Kids need a healthy parenting team.
Have you ever asked your children what they feel is an appropriate consequence for problem behavior?
Scout for one new resource on parenting. As you read, try to find at least one new important insight that you can put into practice right away.
Look for the humor when the challenges and surprises of parenting present themselves in your life.
Think of some amazing and wonderful change in your child, and tell her or him about it.
Think of a new responsibility or privilege to help empower your child.
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