Expose your kids to a wide range of activities and subjects so they can discover what interests them.
Avoid being the only parent in your kids’ lives. Find other adults who can help your kids grow up well.
Be firm about rules and limitations that keep kids safe. Discuss the reasons why you are not willing to negotiate certain rules.
Dwell on what children do right instead of what they do wrong.
Parent with your spouse or partner. Create a united front so that kids know what to expect (instead of who to play against whom).
Ensure that your mealtimes are phone-free and gadget-free zones. Turn gadgets off and turn on the conversation while you eat.
If your kids will be spending their summer riding bikes, trikes, and skateboards, make sure they have helmets that fit and they wear them every time they ride.
Talk with your kids about what they can do when they get into various situations where they face tough choices or feel uncomfortable. Discuss specific words or actions they could use.
When your kids get bored, brainstorm ideas of what to do. If nothing sticks, give them space to figure it out for themselves.
Give your child lots of support and approval while he or she is learning independence or taking on a new responsibility.
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