1.  Listen when they talk.

2.  Let them express their feelings, and validate them.

3.  Point out their strengths with compliments.

4.  Avoid screen-time excess.

5. Teach them to pay attention to other’s feelings.

6. Encourage their friendships with other great kids.

7.  Let them have some ‘do-nothing playtime’ every day.

8.  Eat dinner as a family. (If you can’t, then do breakfast.)

9 . Let your happiness show.

10.  Tell them you love them – often.

Elizabeth Pantley, author of the No-Cry Solution book series for parents. 

About The Author

Elizabeth Pantley
Bestselling Parenting Author

Parenting educator Elizabeth Pantley is president of Better Beginnings, Inc., a family resource and education company. Elizabeth frequently speaks to parents at schools, hospitals, and parent groups around the world. She is a regular radio show guest and frequently quoted as a parenting expert in newspapers and magazines such as Parents, Parenting, American Baby, Woman's Day, Good Housekeeping, and Redbook and on hundreds of parent-directed Web sites. She publishes a newsletter which is distributed nationwide. Elizabeth is the author of twelve popular parenting books, available in 26 languages, including the popular No-Cry Solution series and the international bestseller The No-Cry Sleep Solution. Elizabeth and her husband, Robert live in the state of Washington , along with their four children, Angela, Vanessa, David, and Coleton, and “Grama.”

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