The funny (or not so funny) thing about common sense is that it's not so common, so here's a reminder.
Say no to name-calling
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Name-calling is hurtful and can permanently damage an adultís self-concept, let alone that of a child. In fact, the English nursery rhyme, ďSticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm meĒ, was written with the intent of persuading child victims of name-calling to ignore the taunts of their bullies. Practice using pet names instead.
Spend quality time with your children
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Iíve learned two things thus far about quality time with your kids: forced family time sucks, we know it and so do they; and you canít expect your children to want to spend time with you if you donít want to spend time with them. Find out what their hobbies and interests are and take the time to do these together. Itíll boost their self-esteem and give you the chance to bond.
Get on their level
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Remember: kids are kids - they cannot rationalise like adults, nor are they as emotionally experienced. If they ask for your help with something, help them; if they come to you with a concern, address it; if they donít understand, explain it again and again and again Ė until they do.
When push comes to shove, I hope I remember my own advice.
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