Give specific positive feedback when your kids show courage.
When you have a disagreement, be sure to invite your child to share her or his point of view.
If your child tells you something in confidence, keep it in confidence unless you fear doing so could cause harm.
Declare your home a “snark-free zone” where bad-mouthing others is off-limits.
Go on walks as a family and talk about whatever comes to mind.
Use lots of different means to write your kids notes telling what you appreciate about them: Facebook, texts, post-its on a mirror, and more.
Sometimes sit or lie down with your child at night and reflect on the day.
Write down the funny or wonderful things your kids do and tell them those stories later on.
When speaking with and listening to small children, lower yourself or bring them up so you are at their eye level.
When communicating with your child, focus on her or him, not on your phone, computer, or any other distraction. They’ll notice if you don’t.
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