Encourage your children to have one or two out-of-home activities that are led by caring adults.
Expect the best from your children; don’t expect perfection.
Make your home a friendly, nurturing environment where people feel valued and loved for who they are.
Talk with your child about her or his feelings and fears about safety. Discuss ways to help your child feel safe.
Apologize to your child when you’ve done something wrong.
Make sure kids of all ages have a voice in family decision-making.
Encourage your child to compete with her or his “personal best” performance in school or in an activity.
Build your kids’ self-esteem by loving them, accepting them for who they are, supporting them, and helping them to find other kids and adults who care about them.
When setbacks happen, show your kids that they’re only temporary and that they can do things to make the situation better.
Remember that mistakes are part of living and growing.
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