Learn the rules your child’s school has. Create consistent rules between home and school.
When kids fight, intervene. Encourage them to cool down and then talk about why they’re upset.
Invite a young person to do an activity with you, such as baking, gardening, or shooting hoops.
Children can be terrified of conversing with adults. Help them practice by including them in conversations with your adult friends and family members.
Talk with other parents of kids your kids’ age. Compare notes, styles. And recognize that everyone does things a little different and that’s okay.
Tell your kids you love them.
Encourage your kids to express their feelings, especially sadness, through music, drawing, or writing.
When your kids have successes, celebrate them, but don’t overdo it. Let them know that success is just one part of being a good person.
Support your kids’ own interests rather than trying to channel them into yours.
Get involved in service to others as a family. Talk about why you do it and what it’s like.
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