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Seven Tips to Cultivate Love of Reading in Your Children

Sat, 2014-08-02 08:30

By Sarah Willis, Guest Blogger

Reading rates among children have declined over the years. Fortunately, parents can greatly influence children’s reading habits and set kids on the path to becoming lifelong lovers of books.

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Tip of the Day July 23

Fri, 2014-08-01 08:32

Have predictable times for kids to eat, sleep, play, and relax. Kids thrive with routine.

Tip of the Day July 22

Thu, 2014-07-31 08:30

Help kids learn how to balance their schedules so they’re not overbooking or under-booking themselves.

Tip of the Day July 21

Wed, 2014-07-30 08:34

Maintain a warm, caring relationship with your kids even when they frustrate you.

Tip of the Day July 20

Tue, 2014-07-29 08:31

Encourage your child to participate in activities that nurture their spirit.

Tip of the Day July 19

Mon, 2014-07-28 08:31

Act in ways that you want your children to act. Don’t just tell them what to do and what not to do.

Tip of the Day July 18

Sun, 2014-07-27 08:31

When you take your kids shopping, be clear about the budget and what you will and will not buy. Otherwise, it’s easy for kids to pressure you to buy on impulse.

Tip of the Day July 17

Sat, 2014-07-26 08:34

Get your child a library card in her or his name and go there often to check out books.

Tip of the Day July 16

Fri, 2014-07-25 08:31

Monitor your kids to keep them safe—and to know what they’re up to. Keep track of them in ways that show kids you’re interested in them, not waiting for them to make a mistake.

Connect with Your Kids While Logging Miles: Purposeful Parenting Tips for Long and Short Car Trips

Thu, 2014-07-24 08:34

By: Becky Post

Many families spend a lot of time in vehicles in the summer, whether it involves a long driving trip or running kids to soccer tournaments. July is National Purposeful Parenting Month and a perfect time to connect with your children occurs in the car.

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Tip of the Day July 15

Thu, 2014-07-24 08:34

Play with your children, letting them choose the type of play.

Tip of the Day July 14

Wed, 2014-07-23 08:32

Answer your kids’ questions. If you don’t know the answer, research it until you do.

Tip of the Day July 13

Tue, 2014-07-22 08:30

When you disagree with your kids, point out that you still care about them and that disagreements don’t cancel out love.

Tip of the Day July 12

Mon, 2014-07-21 08:33

Give kids an allowance so they can learn how to manage money while they’re young.

Tip of the Day July 11

Sun, 2014-07-20 08:31

Do something unusual to make family mealtimes more fun. Have a picnic outside or on the floor in your living room.

Tip of the Day July 10

Sat, 2014-07-19 08:33

Get your kids outside. Splash in puddles. Run around the yard or playground. Organize a neighborhood game night. Get out and move.

Tip of the Day July 9

Fri, 2014-07-18 08:32

Ask your kids what they worry about. Then address their concerns.

Tip of the Day July 8

Thu, 2014-07-17 08:30

Model safe driving to your kids. Don’t text or use your cell phone. Focus only on the road (and talking calmly with your kids) while you drive.

Tip of the Day July 7

Wed, 2014-07-16 08:31

Consider re-arranging your kids’ rooms to help them feel like they’re getting something new—without paying a cent.

Tip of the Day July 6

Wed, 2014-07-16 08:31

Involve your kids when planning vacations, getaways, and reunions. They often have great ideas about what to do.