PARENTS HAVE CHOICES!!

12 THINGS I CAN DO AS A PARENT TO MAKE MY HOME AND COMMUNITY WORK BETTER

When it comes to making things better in your home and community, remember: you have choices about what you do, how you handle it, and what you say. Try to make better and better choices for you, your family, and your neighbors!

  • Treat my child as I would want others to treat my child.
  • Praise my child and remind him/her of strong points I see. Praise good behavior, no matter how small.
  • Be more patient with my child, even though it is hard and I might not be thanked for it.
  • APOLOGIZE to my child when I do something wrong. He/she will respect me and not lose self-esteem.
  • Have clear rules, appropriate for MY child; make sure my child knows exactly what I expect, and exactly what will happen if the rules are not followed. Be sure to follow through!
  • Read to my child, and have my child read to me, or to another family member or friend.
  • Involve my child in music, art, crafts, especially with other children.
  • Give my child a chance to help and care for others.
  • Offer to help a friend or neighbor, to make their burden a little lighter. I will feel better!
  • Arrange a meeting of some parents in my child’s class or neighborhood and share ideas about parenting and school.
  • Talk to my child’s teacher or visit my child’s classroom a couple of times every month.
  • I WILL PICK SOMETHING ABOUT MY PARENTING AND MY COMMUNITY THAT I AM NOT HAPPY WITH AND WORK TO IMPROVE IT. WORKING TO IMPROVE WHAT I CARE ABOUT IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS I CAN DO.
  • Association For Children of New Jersey