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.
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.
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