The next time everyday pressures build up to the point where you're feeling angry with your child, take a deep breath. And another. Then remember, you are the adult.
Be clear, fair, and consistent about rules. Make sure your child knows what you want him to do.
If you are afraid you are about to hurt your child, get help. Call the Help Inc. Confidential Crisis Line at (208) 521-4999.
Kids are hurt by angry parents. Don't let rage control your actions or words. You can prevent physical and verbal abuse by learning to stay in control of yourself. Remember, you are the adult.
Children need to explore. That's how they learn. Arrange your house so you don't have to say no all day. Put away things you don't want your child to touch.
When your baby has a need and it is satisfied, he learns that the world is a safe place, and that he is loved. Hug your baby. Love your baby. Never ever hit or shake your baby.
To calm a crying baby, hold your baby close to your heart. Talk softly and reassure your baby. Take her for a car ride. Use a baby swing. Sing to your baby. Play soothing music.
Hugs mean love when they are given away. Evidence shows that a hug brings smiles, warmth, better health and peace of mind. Go give your child a hug.
Don't shame or make fun of your child or the way your child looks. Your words may last forever.
Set your child up for success. Smile and praise your child. Tell your child you are proud of him and why. Give your child easy jobs that he can do well. Help make your child proud of himself.
When the report card isn't what you hoped for, your first reaction may not be the one you want your child to remember. Don't lose your temper. When you are calm, sit down with your child and together come up with a way to improve grades.
Adults make mistakes, just as children do. When you make a mistake, own up to it. Apologize. You'll be setting a good example for your child.
For safety, make sure your children can dial 911 and know when to dial it. Make sure they know their address and phone number, and how to reach you at work.
Children thrive on one-on-one attention. Play a game with your child. Bake some cookies. Shoot some hoops. You'll find you enjoy it too!
Seize the day! Your child will be big before you know it. Enjoy every moment. Quit doing chores for a while and go play with your child!