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With your child, identify the adults he or she enjoys being with. Then find ways to support these friendships >>
Practice ways your child can resist negative peer pressure. Here are some things for you to try >>
Find out what gets your child excited to jump out of bed in the morning. Start some “spark conversations” with your child >>
Set clear rules for how you want your child to act. Then have clear consequences when those rules are violated.
By: Tina Tan, M.D., Guest Blogger
This flu season is turning into one of the worst in years. Nationwide, several people have died from the flu, and many more have been hospitalized. Influenza affects people of all ages, especially infants and children.Blog Image: FiveStar Rating: 0
Attend a cultural event as a family. Become more familiar with people of different backgrounds. Get more tips for teaching kids to value diversity >>
Talk about why spirituality matters to your family or families that you know.
Ask your child about his or her day. Find out the worst thing that happened and the best.
Curl up with your child and a good book today. Or share one of your favorite books with your teenager.
Be spontaneous! Do something different as a family. Use our Family Activity Generator to find ideas >>
Talk to your kids about why they should not use alcohol, smoke, or use drugs—don’t assume they already know why.
Regard each child as a unique and creative individual, avoiding verbal comparisons to their siblings and peers, such as “When your brother was your age…” or “Your friend never does that.”
By: Gene Roehlkepartain, Guest Blogger
How do you raise a child with character? By teaching positive values. Values are like an integrated compass—they help point the way to thinking and acting appropriately.Blog Image: FiveStar Rating: 0
Respect your teenager’s privacy, but take interest in his or her friends and activities.
Write a thank you note with your child to a teacher, coach, or youth leader for being an important adult in his or her life.
Eliminate pessimistic phrases from your family vocabulary. Replace “It won’t work” with “Why not try it?” Instead of “You can’t do that by yourself,” try “I can help you do that, if you’d like.”
Intentionally start conversations with your kids about honesty, friendships, giving to others, and making tough decisions so that you can hear how their values are taking shape.
Realize that in order to learn from mistakes, children have to make mistakes. Don’t blow up when they make a poor choice. Don’t rescue them from natural consequences.
Help your children understand the difference between what we can and can’t control. For example, we can control what we say and do; we can’t control what other people say and do.
Teach your children that kids who pressure them to do things they know they shouldn’t do are not true friends at all. Talk about times when you had to let go of a friendship that wasn’t helpful to you.