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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.

Tip of the Day September 16

Thu, 2014-09-25 08:35

If you tell your child there will be a specific consequence for a certain behavior, be prepared to follow through. Empty threats will teach your child that you “don’t really mean it” when you set boundaries.

Tip of the Day September 15

Wed, 2014-09-24 08:30

Help your child set daily homework goals and suggest a comfortable location where studying will be easier.

Tip of the Day September 14

Tue, 2014-09-23 08:33

Involve your children in decisions about family spiritual activities.

Tip of the Day September 13

Mon, 2014-09-22 08:32

Make sure your child isn’t over- or under-scheduled. Your child also needs downtime at home, as well as time with you.

Tip of the Day September 12

Sun, 2014-09-21 08:35

Help your kids to set healthy boundaries so that when someone pressures them to do something against their values and beliefs, they’re more likely to say no.

Tip of the Day September 11

Sat, 2014-09-20 08:31

Be low-key when you’re around kids. Kids tend to gravitate toward calm adults who listen to them.

Tip of the Day September 10

Fri, 2014-09-19 08:33

Help your child find ways to learn more about a subject that really interests her or him. For example, you might invite an animal lover to watch a documentary about a favorite animal or visit a local veterinarian.

Tip of the Day September 9

Thu, 2014-09-18 08:33

When your children are excited about something, share their excitement.

Tip of the Day September 8

Thu, 2014-09-18 08:33

Encourage your children to evaluate friends and heroes in terms of their positive or negative influence.

Tip of the Day September 7

Wed, 2014-09-17 08:32

Encourage your child to take a leadership role in your community.

Tip of the Day September 6

Tue, 2014-09-16 08:34

Connect your children with adults who have useful wisdom, such as money management skills or career advice.

Three Ways to Celebrate ‘Gram & Gramps’ on National Grandparents’ Day

Mon, 2014-09-15 08:31

By Samantha MacDonald, Web & Social Media Specialist,

Did you know that over half of grandparents say that being a grandparent is “the single most important and satisfying thing in their life”?

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Tip of the Day September 5

Sun, 2014-09-14 08:31

Model the values you want to pass on to your children. For example, do service projects together as a family. Talk about why you do it.