Children learn through the behaviour they see: think about the behaviour you model and how this values and supports positive relationships.
Help your child to develop care and respect for others and the environment. Share the responsibility for looking after pets, for example taking the dog for a walk in the park and clearing up after it. Work together to teach pets new skills and tricks. Clean out the hamster cage or build fun obstacle courses for the hamster to navigate. Set aside time to play/watch/care for pets, helping your child to see the fun and rewarding side of keeping pets. If you don’t have your own pets, consider volunteering to look after a friend or neighbour’s pet(s)while they are away.
Encourage your child to put litter in a bin/bring it home. Go along with your child on a community litter pick. Help them to take pride in their local community.
Get involved! Encourage and support your child to attend clubs and activities. Consider volunteering as a helper or coach if you have the time.
Look at family pictures, talk about who is in them and what relationship they are to you and your child. Share some of your stories about these people and what they, as people, mean/meant to you.
Start a photograph album together with your child of their life so far. Encourage your child to add in some favourite mementos and a reminder of when the photograph was taken and what it is about.
Give your child some responsibilities for doing a share of household chores, for example making their bed, washing and drying dishes/emptying dishwasher, putting clothes in the wash, setting the table, helping to prepare meals. Encourage independence and self-belief in their abilities.