One of the hardest things about being a good parent is saying NO. We want to be a friend and to be loved, but what our children really need is for us to be the patient disciplinarian. Strong boundaries help to make a child feel secure.
Creativity is best served by telling your child to entertain themselves, to go outside and play, or to figure it out on their own. Let them get dirty, let them build and explore, but then make them clean up when they are done.
Love your child, by having high expectations. Failure is part of learning, let them fail and then help them learn to succeed and persevere. Help them be the best they can be, but not somebody else’s best.
Tell them about God’s love. Sometimes, God says no. Often, God makes us figure it out on our own. Always, God wants us to be the best we can be. And, even when we fail, God’s love never does.