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Plan a simple, family service event for Thanksgiving weekend. Volunteer with your child at a nearby animal shelter, nursing home, or community center.
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.
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.
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.Blog Image: FiveStar Rating: 0
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.
Listen to your child and respect what he or she tells you.
Invite your child’s friends to hang out in your home when you are there. Take time to chat with them.
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.
Distract young children from inappropriate behavior and draw attention to how you want them to act.
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.
Give children opportunities to plan and to lead some family activities.
Ask your children to read to you as they learn to read. Show them that you are excited about their reading.
Know that there will be times when parenting is overwhelming and stressful. That’s true for all parents. You’re not alone.
Teach your children how to care for special things—such as toys, books, or plants—by themselves.
Emphasize participation in sports and activities more than competition.
Be honest when you lose your temper. All parents do sometimes. It’s good for kids to see that adults aren’t always perfect.
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.
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.
Look for fun moments! Many experts emphasize finding “teachable moments,” but don’t overlook the fun ones in the process.
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.