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Tip of the Day November 27

Sun, 2014-12-07 08:32

Plan a simple, family service event for Thanksgiving weekend. Volunteer with your child at a nearby animal shelter, nursing home, or community center.

Tip of the Day November 26

Sat, 2014-12-06 08:32

Discuss with your kids the importance of traditions and why certain customs are important to pass down through the generations. The trick, however, is to balance meaningful traditions and new activities.

Tip of the Day November 25

Fri, 2014-12-05 08:33

Get the family together and have an “I’m grateful for” brainstorming session. Try to list as many things as you can think of that you’re grateful for. Creating a list often reminds us of how much we take for granted.

Seven Things Families Appreciate about Being Together

Thu, 2014-12-04 08:30

By: Dr. Jenna Sethi, Guest Blogger

What do you like most about being with your family? In our November webinar, Nurturing Strong Family Relationships During the Teenage Years, we asked webinar participants to tell us what they enjoy most about being together as a family.

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Tip of the Day November 24

Wed, 2014-12-03 08:35

Try getting kids and adults to interact more this Thanksgiving. Consider creating a different seating arrangement at your holiday table. Place a child from a different family between a different adult.

Tip of the Day November 23

Tue, 2014-12-02 08:30

Listen to your child and respect what he or she tells you.

Tip of the Day November 22

Mon, 2014-12-01 08:35

Invite your child’s friends to hang out in your home when you are there. Take time to chat with them.

Tip of the Day November 21

Sun, 2014-11-30 08:32

When your child pulls away from you and wants a lot of privacy, first understand that this is completely normal. However, do encourage trusted adults to stay connected to your child. While your kids may not want to talk to you, they may be much more open to talking to a teacher, a grandparent, or a neighbor.

Tip of the Day November 20

Sat, 2014-11-29 08:30

Distract young children from inappropriate behavior and draw attention to how you want them to act.

Tip of the Day November 19

Fri, 2014-11-28 08:34

Parenting is not a sprint. It’s a marathon (and maybe more like a triathlon). Pace yourself. You need time to unwind, even if only for a few minutes.

Tip of the Day November 18

Thu, 2014-11-27 08:33

Give children opportunities to plan and to lead some family activities.

Tip of the Day November 17

Wed, 2014-11-26 08:32

Ask your children to read to you as they learn to read. Show them that you are excited about their reading.

Tip of the Day November 16

Tue, 2014-11-25 08:32

Know that there will be times when parenting is overwhelming and stressful. That’s true for all parents. You’re not alone.

Tip of the Day November 15

Mon, 2014-11-24 08:30

Teach your children how to care for special things—such as toys, books, or plants—by themselves.

Tip of the Day November 14

Mon, 2014-11-24 08:30

Emphasize participation in sports and activities more than competition.

Tip of the Day November 13

Sun, 2014-11-23 08:32

Be honest when you lose your temper. All parents do sometimes. It’s good for kids to see that adults aren’t always perfect.

Tip of the Day November 12

Sat, 2014-11-22 08:34

Know that teaching a child to resolve conflicts peacefully takes a long time. Kids need to practice, and they need to practice often. Keep reminding them what to do when they’re upset and want to fight.

Tip of the Day November 11

Fri, 2014-11-21 08:35

Actively honor Veteran’s Day with your family by attending a parade, making cards for veterans, or hanging the flag. Discuss why you recognize the holiday with your kids.

Tip of the Day November 10

Thu, 2014-11-20 08:32

Look for fun moments! Many experts emphasize finding “teachable moments,” but don’t overlook the fun ones in the process.

Tip of the Day November 9

Wed, 2014-11-19 08:34

Talk about how bad things happen to people. Every person, at some point in life, will struggle with a difficult situation. What matters is how you react and work through the difficulty.