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Notice when a family member withdraws. Give the person space—but work to keep them connected and supported.
Make a family “business card” for your household. Include contact information and a message about how you’d like to connect (gardening, going for walks, etc.). Give one to every family in your neighborhood.
Use Facebook, Twitter, and other social-networking platforms to communicate with kids in genuine ways. A word of encouragement is worth a lot in any medium.
By: Stanford T. Shulman, M.D., Guest Blogger
Are your children up-to-date on their vaccinations? Vaccines are the single most effective method to prevent life-threatening diseases such as measles, meningitis, whooping cough, and polio.Blog Image: FiveStar Rating: 0
Sometimes tensions can arise between parents and mentors when a child or teen feels a strong attachment to the mentor. Be proactive in checking in regularly with other caring adults so that you agree on expectations and hopes.
Plan and prepare a meal with one of your children this week. Invite your child’s friends to join you and use our Table Time! Toolkit to make it fun >>
Contact your child’s school to find out if they need chaperones or volunteers for special events.
Organize informal weekend or evening activities (such as pickup basketball games, horseshoes, build-your-own-sundae parties, Monopoly contests) with your kids, nearby relatives, and kids in your neighborhood.
By: Samantha MacDonald, Web & Social Media Specialist, ParentFurther
January is National Mentoring Month and the perfect time to start looking for a caring adult to act as a mentor to your child. If your child already has a mentor, consider finding a parenting mentor of your own to help out when you need a second opinion.Blog Image: FiveStar Rating: 0
Text a message of encouragement or a simple “Good Morning! I hope you have a wonderful day!” to your child and do it often. If you don’t know how to text, ask your child to teach you how.
Encourage your child to find adults at school who they care about and trust. Teachers. Librarians. Cooks. Aides. Volunteers. School bus drivers. They’re out there.
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, talk to your kids about what integrity means, and what it means to stand up for your own values.
Be available for your kids. Be there to listen, to let them vent, to assure them of your faith in them, to accept them “as is,” and to let them have a safe space to work through feelings and issues.
Cooped up inside because of the weather? Do something fun together, such as play a board game or a card game. More cabin fever busters for families >>
Learn if there’s anything that’s making your child feel uncertain or out of control. Find ways to empower your child.
Get to know the friends of your kids. Learn their names. Find out what gets them excited. More tips for being a caring adult in a child’s life >>
Encourage your child to mentor younger children. As children learn to read, they can become book buddies and read aloud to younger children.
Show your care for others as a family. Send an email or card to a friend. Call up grandma or grandpa.
Find ways for every family member to help out with tasks around your home.