Build in extra time for transitions (such as getting to school or an appointment) since kids tend to dawdle.
Make a paper chain out of construction paper (with one link for each day) to count down to a holiday or other special occasion. Remove one link each day.
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.
Childproof all places where kids play and hang out. Keep them safe.
Go to a music concert with your kids. Public schools and communities often offer free concerts.
If you want to change a number of your child’s behaviors, focus on only one at a time. You’re more likely to succeed that way.
Find other parents to discuss the parenting issues you care about. Find ways to support each other.
Help your kids identify adults they can go to if they need help. You can’t be with them every hour of the day.
Decide which rules are negotiable and which ones are non-negotiable. Learning how to negotiate is a key skill kids need to learn.
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