A.Accept and value yourself and your child.
B.Be consistent, honest, fair, and firm as you relate to your
C.Concentrate on what you like about your child and comment on it.
D.Develop interests of your own.
E.Encourage your child to discuss ideas and goals, expressing the
belief that he or she can do many things well.
F.Forgive your child's mistakes, which are a natural part of
G.Gladly share your time, affection, and support.
H.Help your child feel safe and secure.
I.Interest your child in work by complimenting his or her
J.Joyfully take pleasure in life.
K.Keep harsh criticisms to yourself; avoid using "should" and
L.Let your child experience the results of his or her behavior.
M.Model by example those qualities you want your child to have.
N.Negotiate privileges and responsibilities, avoid overindulgence.
O.Offer some choices, allowing your child to make decisions.
P.Problem-solve with your child, listening carefully to his or her
thoughts and feelings.
Q.Quit blaming, shaming, and threatening.
R.Respect your child's right to grow at his or her own rate
without being pushed or compared to others.
S.Share household tasks among all family members so that your
child makes a contribution and feels a sense of belonging.
T.Take time to read with your child, thus instilling a love of
books and learning.
U.Use a photo album to record pleasant family memories.
V.Value honesty, kindness, dependability, truthfulness and caring.
W.Weather trials together as a family.
X.eXamine your attitude toward your child.
Y.Yield to professional advice concerning healthy living habits.
Z.Zestfully participate in a variety of family traditions and

Author's Bio: 

Leah Davies is the author of the Kelly Bear Educational Materials
for children ages three to nine. They include books, videos, CD's,
puppet, cassette of songs and curriculum that teach "life skills." For
information concerning the materials, six reproducible Kid's Pages,
articles for parents, teachers and school counselors visit
http://www.kellybear.com or email kellybear@bendcable.com.