[BRACKET "Assignment No. 1:"]
Show interest in your kid's opinions
Sincere parental attention makes a son or daughter feel loved, important, and powerful. So listen when yours talks to you about hunting, but not the way you do when your wife talks about how the grass out front is so long she can no longer find her car. This calls for active listening. Make eye contact, put yourself in your child's shoes, and acknowledge the points your young hunter is making. If you want to go for the Gold Star Listening Award, wait until your kid has finished, restate your understanding of what you've heard, ask if you've got it right, then keep the conversation going. If you aren't really interested, fake it; then go get your head examined because you have no business being a parent.