Encourage your children to express their feelings, but help them with guidelines on appropriate and inappropriate ways to act on their feelings.
Teach your kids that mistakes are part of life. Everyone goofs up, and everyone can learn from their mistakes.
Childproof all places where kids play and hang out. Keep them safe.
Don’t let cute behavior or your kids’ impish grins make you back down on boundaries. Be firm.
Take a family vacation from chores. Declare one Saturday or Sunday “no chores and no errand day.” Then do something fun together.
Find ways to connect with other parents. Get to know them as you watch your kids’ activities.
Encourage your kids to state their views and opinions about issues. Ask questions about what they think, and be supportive of their independent thinking.
Notice when kids become jealous of other kids. Help them understand and work through their jealousy.
Talk with your kids about what they’re seeing in movies and TV shows. Point out what you admire—and what you don’t. Explain why.
Have predictable times for kids to eat, sleep, play, and relax. Kids thrive with routine.
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