• Be a good role model. Your child learns from the example you set.
  • Show respect for your child's feelings, thoughts, and suggestions.
  • Make your child feel loved with your words of praise, and your hugs and kisses.
  • Keep your word.  If you must break it, apologize and make it up to your child.
  • Encourage your child's creativity.  Ask questions to stimulate curiosity and imagination.
  • Build your child's self-esteem by showing appreciation for all genuine efforts.
  • Stay involved.  Know what's going on in your child's life, both at school and with friends.
  • Discipline your child fairly, firmly and with love.  Focus on the behavior, not the child.  
  • Establish family traditions and make time to do fun things together.
  • Think positively.  By expecting the best, you empower yourself and your child to solve problems and achieve goals

REMEMBER - Being a great parent takes time, effort, and the ability to lighten up!