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.
Listen to and guide your children as they sort through their values. Use examples and questions to help them explore topics such as honesty or equality.
Praise more; criticize less.
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.
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