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Five of the best things you can do for your kids

Some brilliantly simple advice and tips from powerhouse parents

 1. Have great manners

‘Showing your children how to shake a person’s hand properly, look someone in the eye and be polite to everyone will help them now and later in life. As the old Head & Shoulders [advert] goes, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression”, and I really think that’s true!’ – Katie Couric, TV personality and author of The Best Advice I Ever Got

 

2. Say no

‘Kids need to learn to delay gratification – life isn’t about getting everything you want exactly when you want it. When I say no to something and my kids have a great attitude about it, they end up getting whatever I’m refusing way sooner than they think!’ – Angela Bassett, actress

 

3. Don’t judge them

‘My goal is always to listen to my daughter and try to teach her without making her feel any shame.’ – Courteney Cox, actress

 

4. Celebrate their inner beauty

‘I have always stressed to my girls that outer beauty fades but inner beauty lasts forever. Simple things like smiling and looking people in the eye could change someone’s bad day into a good one. My mom always said that beauty is as beauty does, and I’m sure it will pass along to all the future generations of our family. – Tina Knowles, fashion designer and mom to Beyoncé and Solage Knowles

 

5. Encourage them to take risks

‘One of the greatest gifts we can give, as parents, is supporting our children in their dreams, whatever they may be. For me, this means doing my best each day to follow the example set by my own mother, who brought me up to believe there was nothing I should be afraid to try, while making it clear that she would not love me one iota less if I failed.’ – Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group

 

What do you think is the best thing you’ve done for your kids, or still want to do? Feel free to comment below.

 

Text from Good Housekeeping, August 2012

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