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Tip of the Day November 11

Fri, 2014-11-21 08:35

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.

Tip of the Day November 10

Thu, 2014-11-20 08:32

Look for fun moments! Many experts emphasize finding “teachable moments,” but don’t overlook the fun ones in the process.

Tip of the Day November 9

Wed, 2014-11-19 08:34

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.

Tip of the Day November 8

Tue, 2014-11-18 08:32

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.

Tip of the Day November 7

Mon, 2014-11-17 08:31

Encourage your kids to walk in another’s shoes.

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).