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Tip of the Day October 4

Tue, 2014-10-14 08:30

Too often when we’re upset, we focus all of our energy on what we want to say, what we want to teach. Take time to listen to your child.

Tip of the Day October 3

Mon, 2014-10-13 08:35

Whenever you talk with other parents, be sure to tell them what you like about their kids.

Tip of the Day October 2

Sun, 2014-10-12 08:34

Set aside some informal time each day for your family to talk with no distractions, such as a family dinner.

Tip of the Day October 1

Sat, 2014-10-11 08:32

Create traditions with your kids and keep them.

Strategies for Setting Expectations: Insights from and for Parents

Fri, 2014-10-10 08:31

By: Dr. Gene Roehlkepartain

Setting expectations for our kids is an ongoing challenge for parents. On the one hand, it’s easy to communicate what we expect. Yet that doesn't necessarily go far enough.

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Tip of the Day September 30

Thu, 2014-10-09 08:34

Teach children to be responsible for their own behavior and to be considerate of others.

Tip of the Day September 29

Wed, 2014-10-08 08:30

Be firm and fair, taking care not to overreact when rules are broken. Keep in mind that appropriate, consistent consequences will teach your child to accept responsibility for her or his actions, while harsh punishment will most likely cause resentment.

Tip of the Day September 28

Tue, 2014-10-07 08:30

Encourage your kids to forgive others. Yes, they can still stand up for themselves, but a generous spirit is a forgiving spirit.

Tip of the Day September 27

Mon, 2014-10-06 08:31

Remember your goal and purpose: you want to raise a child who succeeds in life. Knowing where you’re headed often helps you deal with the day-to-day routine.

Tip of the Day September 26

Sun, 2014-10-05 08:31

Help your children find inspirational, positive role models.

Tip of the Day September 25

Sat, 2014-10-04 08:33

When a disagreement occurs, work through only that problem. Don’t pull in other issues that may be bothering you.

Tip of the Day September 24

Fri, 2014-10-03 08:31

Encourage an older sibling to mentor a younger sibling in something they know how to, like reading, learning left from right, or basic math. Compliment their work together, both learning and teaching.

Tip of the Day September 23

Thu, 2014-10-02 08:33

If you are angry or frustrated with your child try lowering your voice—speak quietly and slowly and in a quiet place. Lowering your temperature will help lower theirs.

Tip of the Day September 22

Wed, 2014-10-01 08:30

Even though disagreements are not fun (and can make your life more difficult), they mean that you’re raising a child who can make his or her own decisions.

Tip of the Day September 21

Tue, 2014-09-30 08:30

Banish pessimistic phrases from your home. Instead of kids saying, “I can’t do it,” have them say, “I’ll figure out how to do it” and “I can do it.”

Tip of the Day September 20

Tue, 2014-09-30 08:30

Keep a sense of humor about parenting.

Tip of the Day September 19

Mon, 2014-09-29 08:34

Whenever you feel like you’re saying the same thing over and over, stop. What isn’t changing? What could you do differently so that you don’t feel like you’re in a rut?

Not Just Unhappy: Signs That Your Child May be Depressed

Sun, 2014-09-28 08:32

By Amy Williams, Guest Blogger

Unfortunately, depression in children is real. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry estimates that 5 percent of all children suffer from depression.

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Tip of the Day September 18

Sat, 2014-09-27 08:34

Greet your children’s friends when you see them, using the name or nickname they prefer. Ask how they’re doing.

Tip of the Day September 17

Fri, 2014-09-26 08:32

Don’t let anyone in your family (including you) watch too much television. Encourage your children to spend their time doing interesting and meaningful activities—some with you, some with their friends, some by themselves.