Eat as a family

Eat as a family as often as possible. Kids learn by imitating what they see. Source

Model good behavior

Anytime that you need your child to let go of something or put it down, encourage them to hand it to you Source

Take care of yourself

Take care of yourself. If you are tired, ill or just worn out, you cannot be an effective parent. more info

Making mistakes

Apologize when you make a mistake. Kids already know we make mistakes, so we might as well admit them when we do. more info

Build the brain and body

Build your child’s brain and body. Provide healthful meals and explore the library, museums & zoos more info


Talk with & listen to your child. It’s important to make eye contact and use gentle touch when communicating with your child more info

How tasks are done

Show kids how tasks should be done. Kids are imitators and they do much better when they are shown how to do something. more info

Do your best

Set the bar high for your kids. Don’t expect perfection, but do expect them to do their best. more info

Ask Questions

Take time to listen to your toddler’s answers. Toddlers have strong opinions and interesting ideas about the world. more info


You can never have too many Goldfish. The crackers, not the live ones. more info

Just Once’

There is no such thing as allowing your kid to play with your phone ‘just once.’ more info

Set clear limits

Set clear limits & enforce consistently. Child needs to know what you expect. But be sure to have time/energy to carry through more info

Gaining Control

Avoid over-reacting, raising your voice, or offering false threats. Help your child gain control & trust in your parenting. more info


Avoid name calling and labeling kids, ‘Hyper’, ‘Trouble maker’ or ‘problem child’ Labels don’t help a child’s self-esteem more info

Give fair warning.

Many parents swear by a warning system to get tots to move from place to place, try a 5 or 10 minute countdown.

Let him succeed and fail

Just as you encourage him to triumph, let him learn to fail, too, and then be there for him with hugs and encouragement.

Making routine things special

Making little, things routine (ie:singing a song@bedtime or pancakes on the weekends) turns them into special traditions.

Actively Listen

Actively listen to your children to find out what’s causing their behavior and help them through difficult moments.

Praising 4×1

Remember to praise & encourage child for appropriate behavior. Rule of thumb is to give 4 positive comments for 1 reprimand.


Empathizing, instead of minimizing feelings, helps recover more quickly from disappointment & teaches to regulate emotions.