20 Ways to Bring Out the Best in Your Children: " Speak and act in ways that give your children a positive self-image. Believe in your child. Believe in his abilities and potential. Say explicitly, “I believe in you.” How do you know when you are successful at this? When your child says, “I see that you believe in me.”
4) Be a role model for the traits and qualities that you want your children to possess. Share your day with your kids so they know what you do and can learn from you and your experiences.
5) Clarify the main positive qualities you want your child to develop. Keep praising those qualities. Reinforce each quality when your child speaks or acts in ways consistent with that quality.
6) Each child is unique and different. Understand each child’s uniqueness and take it into consideration when a challenge arises. Don’t take the “cookie cutter” approach. A method of discipline that inspires one child may discourage another."