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.
Talk with your children about different beliefs and their thoughts, questions, and doubts. Compare beliefs and superstitions you know of.
Never let your child use a characteristic beyond their control as an excuse for not doing their very best.
You will always seem old to your kids, but that doesn’t mean you are old.
As with life partnerships, most parents feel immature and ill-prepared at times. Know, though, that just as your child is maturing, so are you, and all you can give is your best shot.
Let your kids be bored sometimes so they learn to entertain themselves.
Your kids will have dreams that will seem odd or foreign to you. Don’t dismiss them. Instead, support your children’s efforts to explore new frontiers.
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