“Catch” them being good
MNStudio/Shutterstock “We spend so much time focusing on consequences [for bad behavior] but at the same time it is so important to recognize and reward positive behavior when justified. Look for when your kids do good things and then validate and reward those behaviors. We’ve been helping parents with troubled or challenging children for over 35 years and our experience has shown how important positive reinforcement is for kids.” —Dennis Poncher, founder of Because I Love You (B.I.L.Y.), a non-profit organization supporting parents. Hint: It all leads back to these magic words that will change your life.
Play LEGOs with them
3d_kot/Shutterstock “The child who plays and builds with blocks (or similar toys) is experimenting with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts like measurement, symmetry, balance, and scale, and soft skills such as creativity, resilience, teamwork, and self-expression. This feeds self-confidence because it gives kids the chance to practice succeeding at tasks before they encounter them in other contexts and situations in the world.” —Erin Zambataro, MS, Early Learning Lead Librarian, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.