Have predictable times for kids to eat, sleep, play, and relax. Kids thrive with routine.
Help kids learn how to balance their schedules so they’re not overbooking or under-booking themselves.
Maintain a warm, caring relationship with your kids even when they frustrate you.
Encourage your child to participate in activities that nurture their spirit.
Act in ways that you want your children to act. Don’t just tell them what to do and what not to do.
When you take your kids shopping, be clear about the budget and what you will and will not buy. Otherwise, it’s easy for kids to pressure you to buy on impulse.
Get your child a library card in her or his name and go there often to check out books.
Monitor your kids to keep them safe—and to know what they’re up to. Keep track of them in ways that show kids you’re interested in them, not waiting for them to make a mistake.
Play with your children, letting them choose the type of play.
Answer your kids’ questions. If you don’t know the answer, research it until you do.
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