• Let children be children: Kids need to play, goof around, get dirty, annoy their parents and siblings, chase the dog, and engage in those behaviors and activities that are part of their normal development.
  • Push but not bully: Yes, we all want our kids to excel. But there’s a difference between motivating our children and bullying them into following our agenda.

Don’t live vicariously through your children: Many parents want their kids to be what they couldn’t be. But this is not your life; it’s your child’s.