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.
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.
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