Recognize and respect that parents show their love for children in different ways.
The next time your child lashes out at you, try responding with love rather than anger, such as, “I’m sorry you’re feeling that way right now. I love you, but it’s not okay to act this way.”
Think of a tradition you want to start, revive, or preserve in your family. Make a short list of things you can do to accomplish this goal.
Don’t try to always treat your kids exactly the same. Instead, honor their unique and positive differences.
When you’re struggling with how to handle a situation involving your child, ask for his or her input.
Help your children—at every age—find positive outlets for their creative energy. This might include classes, crafts, physical activities, drama, or other activities.
Get to know your kids’ teachers so you can act as partners in educating your family.
Practice being patient when it’s relatively easy, so you’ll be better at it when it’s harder.
When your kids seem to get particularly antsy, give them some undivided love and attention and see what happens.
Letting your kids be responsible for their own outcomes (even if they’re not necessarily what we want) is challenging, but remember that empowerment is important.
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