(HealthDay News) -- By being sensitive and responsive to your child's needs, you can forge a positive, healthy relationship, the National Institutes of Health says.
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The NIH suggests:
- Reward and praise your child for good behavior.
- Give your child chores, and offer praise for jobs well done. If the child fails, don't be overly critical and allow time to develop new skills.
- Use kind words, tones and gestures when giving instructions or making requests.
- Spend time every day in warm, positive, loving interaction with your child.
- Identify opportunities to spend time as a family, such as by taking walks or reading books together.
- Brainstorm solutions to problems at home or school together.
- Set rules for mobile device use and television watching.
- Show interest in your child's feelings, concerns, worries, goals and ideas.
- Participate in activities that your child enjoys. Attend your child's games, activities and performances.
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