Children will always challenge limits. Talk about why you set rules on movies, games, and curfews. To help with compliance, share your expectations with the parents of their friends.
Regardless of negative feelings or opinions you may have about your child’s school, keep your concerns to yourself or between you and the school staff.
Do one thing this week to create a strong sense of family unity, such as creating a work of art, holding a family meeting, or going on an outing together.
Try not to compare your children to anyone else “their age.” They do enough of that on their own!
Be brave and admit to your kids when you are wrong—then move on. And remember to move on after they apologize to you for something they have done.
Encourage your trusted friends and neighbors to get to know your kids.
Set boundaries that give leeway for kids to safely test their own power and limits. Have consequences that are not so tough that they scare or bully a child into the behavior you want to see.
Try to accept that children will change, and they will do so at their own pace. Don’t wish your way out of one phase, or approach another with fear and dread.
Try for several days in a row to intentionally respond to every single question your children ask you. You may be amazed at their insight!
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.
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