- Be a good
parenting role model yourself. If you think your own parenting
skills could be better, read books, take classes to improve.
- Help your
children to understand and talk clearly about their emotions.
It will increase their understanding of themselves and others
- including their own children - in the future.
- Give your
child plants or animals to take care of. Guide them and give
them the skills and information they need to do a good job.
- Take your
child to visit friends or family with babies and/or toddlers.
Think ahead about what the babies or toddlers might be likely
to do. Talk afterwards about what you and your child noticed.
- Take advantage
of teachable moments. Every day life gives us plenty of opportunities
to notice what parents do with and say to their children. Talk
about what you see. Discuss the full-time nature and responsibility
- Try role
play. Reverse roles. Ask, What would you do if you were
the mommy in this situation.
positive nurturing in your child by praising it when you see
that older children join in mentoring programs helping younger
older children to take child development or human development
classes if available.
- Help older
children to sign up for babysitting classes through SafeSitter
to Activities and Lessons Index