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Help your child find ways to learn more about a subject that really interests her or him. For example, you might invite an animal lover to watch a documentary about a favorite animal or visit a local veterinarian.
When your children are excited about something, share their excitement.
Encourage your children to evaluate friends and heroes in terms of their positive or negative influence.
Encourage your child to take a leadership role in your community.
Connect your children with adults who have useful wisdom, such as money management skills or career advice.
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Model the values you want to pass on to your children. For example, do service projects together as a family. Talk about why you do it.
Let your kids know that you recognize and appreciate their talents, capabilities, and discoveries.
Give your kids space and respect their privacy when they need it.
Ask your child to imagine a hobby or activity he or she might enjoy now and as an adult. Help your child take steps to start doing it (if they’re not already).
Share stories with your kids about what life was like for you as a young person (dating, school, family, friendships, etc.). Talking about these things may show that you have an understanding of what life is like for them.
Schedule a monthly family movie night. Take turns picking films, and allow plenty of time for discussion afterward.
Look for opportunities—in the car, while doing chores together, or at the dinner table—to ask questions about your child’s classes and teachers.
Plan and prepare a meal with one of your children. Invite your child’s friend to join you.
If your child is reluctant to talk about school, try talking to her or his teacher; if there is a problem in the classroom, your child’s teacher can fill you in on the details.
Ask your children and their friends to select a service project. Schedule an event where they can all volunteer together.
Ask what your child thinks of school—some have a strong attachment, while others feel uncomfortable or unattached. Ask your son or daughter which part of school is his or her favorite. (Don’t be surprised if your children answer “recess” or “lunch.”)
Find out if there is another adult who has connected well with your own child. Have they bonded over sports? Do they like the same music? If you can afford it, buy them tickets to attend an event together.
Be ready for unexpected moments of connection. When your child or another young person starts to talk about something personal, drop everything to pay attention.
Bring your child and one of his or her friends to a museum, concert, or another cultural event that welcomes children.