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  1. Be a good parenting role model yourself. If you think your own parenting skills could be better, read books, take classes to improve.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 of parenting.
  6. Try role play. Reverse roles. Ask, “What would you do if you were the mommy in this situation.”
  7. Encourage positive nurturing in your child by praising it when you see it.
  8. Suggest that older children join in mentoring programs helping younger ones.
  9. Advise older children to take child development or human development classes if available.
  10. Help older children to sign up for babysitting classes through SafeSitter or American Red Cross.

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