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.
When you disagree with your kids, point out that you still care about them and that disagreements don’t cancel out love.
Give kids an allowance so they can learn how to manage money while they’re young.
Do something unusual to make family mealtimes more fun. Have a picnic outside or on the floor in your living room.
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