#6. Make communication a primacy
You can’t expect kids to do everything simply because you, as a parent, “say so.” They want and deserve explanations as much as adults do. If we don’t take time to explain, kids will begin to wonder about our values and motives and whether they have any basis. Parents who reason with their kids allow them to understand and learn in a liberal way. Make suggestions and offer choices. Be open to your child’s suggestions as well. Kids who participate in decisions are more motivated to carry them out.