When life gets hard, be honest about it with your kids. The way you react to hardship teaches them a lot.
Notice when your kids pull away from you. Find out why without invading their privacy.
Consider April Fool’s Day to be a holiday to teach kids appropriate ways to pull harmless pranks, be silly, and enjoy themselves. Click here for simple tips for April Fool’s Day fun >>
Remind your kids to do their homework and to do all of it well. More tips for school success >>
Find ways to help your kids connect with your extended family: grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, and others. Tips for getting relatives involved >>
Teach your kids how to make good decisions. Explain that making good decisions sometimes means changing your mind.
When your rules differ from others, point it out to your child and explain why you have the rules that you do.
Notice when your kids are empathetic. Point out that you like this, and encourage their empathy to grow.
When your kids get mad, help them to calm down. Then encourage them to say what made them mad and find solutions that work for them.
Use cloth napkins instead of paper ones. Have each family member use a napkin ring that’s unique so you can use the napkins a few times between washings. More green family tips >>
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