PRAISE YOUR CHILDREN

   Praise your children by expressing approval or admiration for them. This builds their self-confidence. Focus on their beauty and strengths. Make it a point to catch your children being good. Believe in your child and encourage her talents. Freely give sincere praise. Talk to your child as if she were the most important person in the world, because she is. Make it a point of telling him that you will always love him, no matter what. Think of how fortunate you are to have these marvelous children in your life. Give each of them a hug, a kiss, a wink, or a smile to show them it’s true.

HAVE FAMILY MEETINGS

   A family meeting is a way of making decisions that affect the whole family. It’s a time to share openly and honestly, and it’s a time for planning fun things. Even if you are a two-person family, you can still have successful family meetings. Family meeting teach skills such as are leadership, trust, caring, and good decision-making. Give everyone an equal voice in the family meeting. That way each person feels valued. Plan to meet regularly at a time that is good for everyone. No one should feel rushed. Deal with problems head on, and do not allow put-downs. Be a good listener. Look each person in the eye when they talk. Give them your full respect and attention.

CELEBRATE WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

   What is special about your family? Talk about this with other family members and friends. Make a list. Include things like how you love each other, how you have fun together, and what you have learned from hard times. Don’t forget all the happy memories. Celebrate these blessings! Have a family celebration dinner for a great report card or other achievements.

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