Here are some simple ideas you might try:

• Accomplishments box. Cover a shoebox with colored paper. Cut a hole in the top. Label the box with your child’s name. During the year, write down your child’s accomplishments. Don’t wait only for the big things. Keep track of the smaller things, too.

The week before your child’s birthday, look through the box. Make a list of everything he’s done.

• Family mail. Choose two days a month when you will write your child a letter. You can write about anything. But it will be best if you focus on the positive. Seal the letter. Address it and place it in the stack of family mail.

• What’s in a name? Go to the library. Do some research on the meaning of your child’s name. Then create a project that shows off what you’ve learned. Frame it and keep it in your child’s room.

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