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Expect the best from your children; don’t expect perfection.
Make your home a friendly, nurturing environment where people feel valued and loved for who they are.
Talk with your child about her or his feelings and fears about safety. Discuss ways to help your child feel safe.
Apologize to your child when you’ve done something wrong.
Make sure kids of all ages have a voice in family decision-making.
Encourage your child to compete with her or his “personal best” performance in school or in an activity.
Build your kids’ self-esteem by loving them, accepting them for who they are, supporting them, and helping them to find other kids and adults who care about them.
By: Brandon Capaletti, Guest Blogger
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When setbacks happen, show your kids that they’re only temporary and that they can do things to make the situation better.
Remember that mistakes are part of living and growing.
Listen to and guide your children as they sort through their values. Use examples and questions to help them explore topics such as honesty or equality.
Praise more; criticize less.
Expose your kids to a wide range of activities and subjects so they can discover what interests them.
Avoid being the only parent in your kids’ lives. Find other adults who can help your kids grow up well.
Be firm about rules and limitations that keep kids safe. Discuss the reasons why you are not willing to negotiate certain rules.
Dwell on what children do right instead of what they do wrong.
Parent with your spouse or partner. Create a united front so that kids know what to expect (instead of who to play against whom).
Ensure that your mealtimes are phone-free and gadget-free zones. Turn gadgets off and turn on the conversation while you eat.
If your kids will be spending their summer riding bikes, trikes, and skateboards, make sure they have helmets that fit and they wear them every time they ride.
Talk with your kids about what they can do when they get into various situations where they face tough choices or feel uncomfortable. Discuss specific words or actions they could use.