You can’t force fun and you can’t make every childhood moment perfect. If your family isn’t enjoying an activity the way you expected, look for family traditions elsewhere.
Sometimes you can replicate traditions from your childhood with your children. Sometimes you can’t. Be ready to build new memories.
Kids have big ears. They hear us talking about our friends and neighbors. Use the kind of words and tone you want your kids to use.
Help your kids build family traditions with grandparents and other older adults. We learn a lot from other generations.
Should all family activities be mandatory? Set clear expectations for when kids must be with the family and when they can be with friends.
When you see teasing and disrespect on TV and in movies, call it what it is. Talk to your kids about the language and behavior they see around them.
Ask your kids about their favorite family traditions. They’ll probably surprise you with simple moments you don’t think of as traditions.
Everyone needs a job to do. Next time you’re tempted to plow through chores on your own, grab a child as a helper and do it together.
Pick one night a week and call it family night—no sports, no activities, no dates and everybody makes it home for dinner.
Get to know your child’s friends’ parents early on. Help create a culture of trust and shared values that will be valuable in the teen years.
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