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Tip of the Day October 31

Fri, 2014-10-31 17:31

Ask your teenager if he or she wants to help hand out candy on Halloween. Some teenagers enjoy doing this, and it’s a fun way to spend time together.

Tip of the Day October 30

Fri, 2014-10-31 17:31

Take your kids trick-or-treating in your neighborhood on Halloween. This is one of the few holidays that encourages you to connect with your neighbors.

Managing Chaos: Tips for Parent Coaches and Volunteers

Fri, 2014-10-31 17:31

By: Becky Post

If you have a child in an out-of-school-time sport or club, you may have been recruited to coach or lead that activity.

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Tip of the Day October 29

Fri, 2014-10-31 17:31

Stay with your children when they’re afraid.

Tip of the Day October 28

Fri, 2014-10-31 17:31

Establish routines that simplify the whole family’s “comings and goings.” This may include a specific homework time; a consistent, soothing bedtime routine; preparing lunches the night before; and eating breakfast together to kick off the day.

Tip of the Day October 27

Fri, 2014-10-31 17:31

Ask your child what they would like to do this weekend that would cost little or no money. Then, do it!

Tip of the Day October 26

Fri, 2014-10-31 17:31

Emphasize how Halloween is about having fun; it’s not just a holiday to get a lot of candy. Squeeze in some quality time with your child by doing other Halloween activities that take the focus off the candy, such as carving pumpkins and looking for costumes together.

Tip of the Day October 25

Fri, 2014-10-31 17:31

Tell your children you love them often, but show them you love them through your actions every day. It’s easy to say, “I love you”, but the little, everyday things you model (like patience, kindness, courage, and persistence) are really what make a difference in the long run.

Tip of the Day October 24

Fri, 2014-10-31 17:31

Monitor your activity level. Yes, you will always have a long to-do list. Discern what really needs to be done—and what can wait (so you can spend some time with your child).

Tip of the Day October 23

Fri, 2014-10-31 17:31

Be clear about your values and why you have the values that you do. Kids can’t resist negative peer pressure if they don’t know what’s right—and what’s wrong.

Tip of the Day October 22

Fri, 2014-10-31 08:32

Ask your co-parent what you can do to ease her or his stress level.

Tip of the Day October 21

Thu, 2014-10-30 08:34

Know that your kids will get bored. It’s part of growing up. As their brains go through changes, children go through periods when they are able to easily find things to do—and times when they aren’t.

Tip of the Day October 20

Thu, 2014-10-30 08:34

Follow your child’s lead on Halloween. If he or she wants to go trick-or-treating, find a safe way for this to happen. If your child isn’t interested in Halloween, don’t make a big deal of it.

Tip of the Day October 19

Wed, 2014-10-29 08:35

When your child comes to you with a conflict, don’t do all the problem solving yourself. Encourage him or her to develop solutions. (Intervention may be appropriate, of course, if there is a danger of physical injury.)

Tip of the Day October 18

Tue, 2014-10-28 08:31

Continue to show affection to teenagers by spending time with them—even if you’re not doing or talking about anything special.

Tip of the Day October 17

Mon, 2014-10-27 08:34

Present your kids with a variety of options for activities and help them think about which ones best fit their interests.

Tip of the Day October 16

Sun, 2014-10-26 08:33

Start a conversation with your family about communication. Do you all speak positively to each other? Do you trust each other and talk openly? What can you do to improve communication?

Tip of the Day October 15

Sat, 2014-10-25 08:35

When you and your child disagree, do or say something to show that you still care.

Tip of the Day October 14

Fri, 2014-10-24 08:30

Check in with your partner (and yourself!) periodically to assess whether you are balancing your work and family time the way you want to. List your priorities to help you be realistic about the things you value most.

Tip of the Day October 13

Thu, 2014-10-23 08:32

Help your children practice coping skills when difficult situations arise.