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Tip of the Day January 30

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2 tips for raising successful kids: —> 1. Establish clear boundaries. 2. Enforce consequences for not abiding by them.

Tip of the Day January 29

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Develop a network of friends who are willing to step in and “co-parent” on occasion (babysit, pick up a kid from school, grab an item at the store, etc.). It takes a village!

Tip of the Day January 28

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Try to be ready to listen whenever kids are ready to talk. When they are ready to share an important thought, a tough experience or a difficult question, make yourself available.

Tip of the Day January 27

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Support your child’s interests and seek out opportunities for them to develop their talents. As they grow older, it may help them make important decisions and life choices.

Tip of the Day January 26

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Make a point to spend 1 on 1 time with your children throughout the week. Consider a “date night” with each child individually on a regular basis.

Tip of the Day January 25

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Foster a strong work ethic. Encourage your kids to do their best at every task they undertake, no matter how small, no matter how “unimportant”.

Tip of the Day January 24

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Monitor your own comments about other parents and families. Your kids are always listening and we may appear less tolerant than we intend to if we are careless.

Tip of the Day January 23

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Give kids room to make and realize their mistakes. Preventing them from learning from mistakes will build a sense of false security and diminish their ability to manage disappointment.

Tip of the Day January 22

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It can help kids to name feelings to help a conversation move forward. Try something like, “Some kids in this situation might feel angry, sad, or afraid. Do any of those sound true for you?”

Tip of the Day January 21

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Laugh and be silly as a family. Read comic strips, play pretend, play games, sing out loud . . . it’s the small things that hold us together.

Tip of the Day January 20

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While your values and rules are important, giving your kids the room to develop and express their ideas will not only build their confidence, but will make them less susceptible to peer pressure and undue influence.

Tip of the Day January 19

Thu, 2015-01-29 08:34

When misbehavior happens, emphasize the right way to act. Once kids know right from wrong and choose wrong, then it is appropriate to discipline them.

Tip of the Day January 17

Wed, 2015-01-28 08:35

Eat dinner together as often as possible. Try sharing one good and one difficult thing from each person’s day.

Tip of the Day January 16

Tue, 2015-01-27 08:33

Value actions as well as words. Listen to what you teen tells you, and pay close attention to what he does as well as with whom he does it.

Tip of the Day January 15

Mon, 2015-01-26 08:31

Parenting is too much to do alone. Lean on family and friends. Ask others to be a positive force in your child’s life, help enforce boundaries as well as do fun things together with your child.

Tip of the Day January 14

Sun, 2015-01-25 08:33

Think before you speak. Try never to make offhand negative comments (“You’re so lazy!”) as they can have long-term effects on your child’s self image.

Tip of the Day January 13

Sat, 2015-01-24 08:32

When behaviors drive you crazy, give yourself grace. Seek out the wisdom of other parents you admire, try new strategies, and remember you weren’t born knowing how to parent.

Tip of the Day January 12

Fri, 2015-01-23 08:33

Express an interest in your child’s friends and social life. Having the people outside of family who are important to them acknowledged will remind your kids that they are important to you.

Tip of the Day January 11

Thu, 2015-01-22 08:34

Don’t give false praise. Be authentic, but kind. Kids can tell when adults are being fake or insincere.

Tip of the Day January 10

Wed, 2015-01-21 08:31

Surround yourself with families you admire. Learn what you want and don’t want to do. Be intentional with the choices you make in managing your family.