Avoid the morning madness by planning ahead the night before. Set out clothes. Know what to pack for lunches and school.
Get your kids outside. Splash in puddles. Run around the yard or playground. Organize a neighborhood game of kick the can. Get out and move.
Arrange car pools with other parents for kids’ activities to help cut down on the amount of running you have to do—and to help the environment.
Stop power struggles with your kids by remaining calm. Then offer choices to break log jams.
Build in extra time for transitions (such as getting to school or an appointment) since kids tend to dawdle.
Monitor your kids to keep them safe—and to know what they’re up to. Keep track of them in ways that show kids you’re interested in them, not waiting for them to make a mistake.
Get out some paper and washable markers and spend some time as a family doodling as you talk.
Encourage your kids not to rush through meals. Explain that talking as a family is an important part of mealtime.
Get to know the neighbors you really enjoy. Make an effort to build the relationship—and for your kids to get to know them as well.
Find a place where your kids can place their dirty clothes—so they don’t end up all over the floor.
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