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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.
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.”
Keep a sense of humor about parenting.
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?
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.Blog Image: FiveStar Rating: 0
Greet your children’s friends when you see them, using the name or nickname they prefer. Ask how they’re doing.
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.
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.
Help your child set daily homework goals and suggest a comfortable location where studying will be easier.
Involve your children in decisions about family spiritual activities.
Make sure your child isn’t over- or under-scheduled. Your child also needs downtime at home, as well as time with you.
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.
Be low-key when you’re around kids. Kids tend to gravitate toward calm adults who listen to them.
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.
When your children are excited about something, share their excitement.
Encourage your children to evaluate friends and heroes in terms of their positive or negative influence.
Encourage your child to take a leadership role in your community.
Connect your children with adults who have useful wisdom, such as money management skills or career advice.
By Samantha MacDonald, Web & Social Media Specialist, ParentFurther.com
Did you know that over half of grandparents say that being a grandparent is “the single most important and satisfying thing in their life”?Blog Image: FiveStar Rating: 0
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.