10 Things Parents Should Do Every Day

Use these tips to really make a difference in your relationships with your children.

1. Tell your children you love them.
Children need to grow up knowing they are loved and cherished. This will help them grow up in to more well-rounded people who are more open to treating others kindly.

2. Ask open-ended questions.
Find out what is going on in your children’s lives. Ask open-ended questions, such as, “What is the best and worst thing that happened to you today?”  Questions like this give you insights into what your children are thinking so you can better attend to their needs.

3. Sit down for one meal together.
Hectic schedules can prevent parents from spending enough time with children. Shut off all electronics and spend time talking together at breakfast, lunch, dinner or all three meals! If this is impossible, take 15 minutes and eat a bowl of popcorn together to chat.

4. Feed your children vegetables.
No matter how many dirty glares or refusals you get, make sure your children are eating vegetables. Healthy eating is important for their overall well-being.

5. Do something active.
After dinner go for a walk or throw around a ball. Get your children into the habit of moving their bodies to stay healthy.

6. Read a book together.
Reading books will create long-lasting, happy memories, but more importantly, you can choose books that teach strong moral values. (Check out Elijah the Superhero or Elijah Makes New Friends)

7. Laugh.
Children grow up fast, so cherish the funny moments. Giggles are so much fun!

8. Save a little bit of money.
Teach your children the value of money. Even if you are just putting a quarter in a piggy bank from their allowance, show your children that they don’t have to spend everything they earn.

9. Help children with their homework.
Kids may always not ask for help when they need it. Sit down with your children and review their homework with them to give them a good head start in their education.

10. Hug your children.
Touch is extremely important for children’s emotional development. Research shows that hugs may even help your children learn, improve their memory and even respond better to stress.

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