1. Teach your kids that the word “what” doesn’t exist. When I call your name, you show up. (Control without having to say I’m the boss – because if you do, usually you’re not.) Tell them to respond “Coming!”
2. No middle managers. If you have something to tell a kid you pick your own ass up and tell them. Eliminate one kid telling another what to do… “Mommy said you have to clean your room now… nah, nah!”
3. Teach your kids that school is fun and they will love it from the time they can talk and understand (between two and three years old). Fight for them if they get a bad teacher. Fight like hell.
4. Encourage kids at all times. Everyone makes mistakes, even you. Try to support mistakes, instead of degrade, embarrass, or belittle.
5. Hug your kids often. Twice a day, at least. Tell them that you love them and that they make you proud. Praise them as often as possible. Like you wanted when you were a kid.
6. When your children talk to you, stop what you’re doing and look them in the eye. Sometimes children say more with their expression than their words.
6.5 Remember what you hated about your parents when you were a kid… and don’t do that to your kids.
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