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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.
Be clear about what’s really funny and what’s not. As kids develop a sense of humor, they’ll push the boundaries. Be clear about what’s inappropriate and why.
Encourage your kids to walk in another’s shoes.
Whenever possible, attend school events. Ask your child to introduce you to her friends. Show that you’re interested in getting to know them.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Your beliefs about your children’s competence affect their confidence and ability to learn.
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.
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.
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Stay with your children when they’re afraid.
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.
Ask your child what they would like to do this weekend that would cost little or no money. Then, do it!
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.
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.
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).