Meal time = Family time

Eat at least one meal as a family each day. Sitting down at the table together is a relaxed way for everyone to connect a time to share happy news, talk about the day, or tell a silly joke. It also helps your kids develop healthy eating habits.


Let your kids place an order. Once a week, allow your children to choose what’s for dinner and cook it for them.


Don’t stress about food. A healthy child instinctively knows how much to eat. If he refuses to finish whatever food is on his plate, just let it go. He won’t starve.


Raise Grateful Kids

Show your child how to become a responsible citizen- Find ways to help others all year. Kids gain a sense of self-worth by volunteering in the community.


Talk about what it means to be a good person- Start early: When you read bedtime stories, for example, explain to your child about the characters that are nice.


Explain to your kids why values are important- The simple answer: When you’re kind, generous, honest, and respectful, you make the people around you feel good. More important, you feel good about yourself. It brings a smile to you and people around you, so keep smiling.


Praise and Encourage your child

No matter how old your children are, your praise and encouragement will help them feel good about themselves. Praise and encouragement goes a long way in boosting the self-esteem and confidence of children.


Encourage their effort and praise their good behavior. So, keep your stars stickers handy it means a world to your child!

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Cheer the good stuff. When you notice your child doing something helpful or nice, let him know how you feel. E.g. Good job! I’m proud of you. It’s a great way to reinforce good behavior so he’s more likely to keep doing it.


Tips for using praise, encouragement and rewards


When you feel good about your child, say so. See if you can give your child some words of encouragement every day. The small things you say can build up over time to have a big effect on your child.


Praise your child for his strengths. Children have their own unique set of strengths (and weaknesses). Look at the positives and appreciate your child’s good points.


Surprise your child with a reward for good behavior. For example, Thanks for picking up the toys  let’s go to the park to celebrate or Thanks for helping me prepare dinner. You can choose what we have for dessert .


Praise effort as well as achievement. Recognize and praise how hard your child is trying  for example, You worked really hard on that drawing or Thank you for remembering to hang your coat on the peg.