Give your child lots of support and approval while he or she is learning independence or taking on a new responsibility.
Greet your child’s friends warmly and be sure to make eye contact. This shows that you care about them and are paying attention.
Deal with problems and conflicts in your family while they’re still small.
Plan family nights to do something fun together. Try out some of these ideas >>
Teach your children how to apologize, explain, negotiate, and resolve conflicts peacefully when relationships run into trouble. More tips on resolving conflicts with kids >>
Know your parenting potholes, such as arguing with your kids in unproductive ways or avoiding important issues. Work to avoid falling in them.
Tell your kids you’re proud of them today. Be specific when you tell them why.
Keep up with the current issues that parents face today. It’s better to be aware of issues and talk about them with your kids—before they possibly affect your family.
Set aside daily study and/or reading time for everyone in the family. Turn off the television and your phones at this time.
If you want to change a number of your child’s behaviors, focus on only one at a time. You’re more likely to succeed that way.
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