Create a bingo board with tasks that go above and beyond what you normally ask the child to do. Offer a small reward—preferably activity time with you—if the child completes every task on the board by an established date.
2. Share the Love
Take your child with you to do volunteer work in your community. Senior centers are often looking for people to perform or lead crafts or games. Many organizations—from crisis centers to food pantries to hospice—accept a variety of donations in time or goods.
3. What’s Going On?
Whether you’re reading the paper, watching the news, or checking online, discuss a current event every night. Encourage older children to examine different perspectives about controversial topics. These simple discussions—whether they are about local or international issues—will help children become more informed citizens.
4. Compliment Jars
Use a special container or bulletin board for each family member, and encourage each person to write a compliment or two for someone else every day. The exercise helps children look for positive qualities in others, and it feels great to read kind words from the people closest to you.
5. Look to the Future
Teach children how to set and meet goals at home by having each family member choose a target and track your progress on a chart. Whether your goal is to exercise five times a week, to read 25 books by the end of the school year, or to do math homework without complaining, be sure to build in small celebrations as you achieve goals.