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Tip of the Day November 6

Sun, 2014-11-16 08:34

Whenever possible, attend school events. Ask your child to introduce you to her friends. Show that you’re interested in getting to know them.

Tip of the Day November 5

Sat, 2014-11-15 08:35

If you get the feeling that one of your child’s friends could be having a bad influence, invite the friend to spend time with you and your child together so you can have a positive influence on the relationship.

Tip of the Day November 4

Fri, 2014-11-14 08:33

Know that teaching kids responsibility takes a long time. Don’t expect sudden miracles. Continue to talk and teach about responsibility as your child grows.

Tip of the Day November 3

Thu, 2014-11-13 08:34

Give kids the chance to tell the truth. Instead of accusing, ask: Do you think it might be hard for me to believe what you just told me?

Tip of the Day November 2

Wed, 2014-11-12 08:32

Don’t expect all of your children’s learning to happen in school. Keep stretching their minds with stories, games, and activities that deepen their thinking.

Tip of the Day November 1

Tue, 2014-11-11 08:35

Your beliefs about your children’s competence affect their confidence and ability to learn.

Tip of the Day October 31

Mon, 2014-11-10 08:33

Ask your teenager if he or she wants to help hand out candy on Halloween. Some teenagers enjoy doing this, and it’s a fun way to spend time together.

Tip of the Day October 30

Sun, 2014-11-09 08:34

Take your kids trick-or-treating in your neighborhood on Halloween. This is one of the few holidays that encourages you to connect with your neighbors.

Managing Chaos: Tips for Parent Coaches and Volunteers

Sat, 2014-11-08 08:35

By: Becky Post

If you have a child in an out-of-school-time sport or club, you may have been recruited to coach or lead that activity.

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Tip of the Day October 29

Fri, 2014-11-07 08:32

Stay with your children when they’re afraid.

Tip of the Day October 28

Thu, 2014-11-06 08:33

Establish routines that simplify the whole family’s “comings and goings.” This may include a specific homework time; a consistent, soothing bedtime routine; preparing lunches the night before; and eating breakfast together to kick off the day.

Tip of the Day October 27

Wed, 2014-11-05 08:32

Ask your child what they would like to do this weekend that would cost little or no money. Then, do it!

Tip of the Day October 26

Tue, 2014-11-04 08:31

Emphasize how Halloween is about having fun; it’s not just a holiday to get a lot of candy. Squeeze in some quality time with your child by doing other Halloween activities that take the focus off the candy, such as carving pumpkins and looking for costumes together.

Tip of the Day October 25

Mon, 2014-11-03 08:30

Tell your children you love them often, but show them you love them through your actions every day. It’s easy to say, “I love you”, but the little, everyday things you model (like patience, kindness, courage, and persistence) are really what make a difference in the long run.

Tip of the Day October 24

Sun, 2014-11-02 08:32

Monitor your activity level. Yes, you will always have a long to-do list. Discern what really needs to be done—and what can wait (so you can spend some time with your child).

Tip of the Day October 23

Sat, 2014-11-01 07:30

Be clear about your values and why you have the values that you do. Kids can’t resist negative peer pressure if they don’t know what’s right—and what’s wrong.

Tip of the Day October 22

Fri, 2014-10-31 07:32

Ask your co-parent what you can do to ease her or his stress level.

Tip of the Day October 21

Thu, 2014-10-30 07:34

Know that your kids will get bored. It’s part of growing up. As their brains go through changes, children go through periods when they are able to easily find things to do—and times when they aren’t.

Tip of the Day October 20

Thu, 2014-10-30 07:34

Follow your child’s lead on Halloween. If he or she wants to go trick-or-treating, find a safe way for this to happen. If your child isn’t interested in Halloween, don’t make a big deal of it.

Tip of the Day October 19

Wed, 2014-10-29 07:35

When your child comes to you with a conflict, don’t do all the problem solving yourself. Encourage him or her to develop solutions. (Intervention may be appropriate, of course, if there is a danger of physical injury.)