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When life gets hard, be honest about it with your kids. The way you react to hardship teaches them a lot.
Notice when your kids pull away from you. Find out why without invading their privacy.
Consider April Fool’s Day to be a holiday to teach kids appropriate ways to pull harmless pranks, be silly, and enjoy themselves. Click here for simple tips for April Fool’s Day fun >>
Remind your kids to do their homework and to do all of it well. More tips for school success >>
Find ways to help your kids connect with your extended family: grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, and others. Tips for getting relatives involved >>
Teach your kids how to make good decisions. Explain that making good decisions sometimes means changing your mind.
When your rules differ from others, point it out to your child and explain why you have the rules that you do.
Notice when your kids are empathetic. Point out that you like this, and encourage their empathy to grow.
By: Kimberly Owens, Guest Blogger
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than nine people are killed each day due to accidents caused by distracted driving, along with more than 1,000 others injured by simply not paying attention to the road.Blog Image: FiveStar Rating: 0
When your kids get mad, help them to calm down. Then encourage them to say what made them mad and find solutions that work for them.
Use cloth napkins instead of paper ones. Have each family member use a napkin ring that’s unique so you can use the napkins a few times between washings. More green family tips >>
Get to know the parents of your kids’ friends. Find out what you have in common.
Find youth activities that get your kids excited. Why balanced kids are happy kids >>
Reflect on the good choices you’ve made as a parent. You’re doing a lot of things right.
By: Samantha MacDonald, Web & Social Media Specialist, ParentFurther
Did you know that March is National Talk to Your Teen about Sex Month? It is easier to talk to your kids about sex as they grow older if you consistently make conversations about healthy sexuality a regular part of your relationship.Blog Image: FiveStar Rating: 0
Attend school events with your child. Develop a sense of school pride.
Turn off the TV. Stop using the Internet so much. Spend some time as family—without technological gadgets.
Listen to your kids and help them develop into who they’re meant to be.
Self-care is important! Find someone to care for your kids from time to time so that you can take a break to do something for yourself.
Stay in touch with extended family members. Find ways to connect even if someone is far away.