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Remember that children need a balance of loving, unconditional support and clear, reasonable boundaries and expectations to guide their behavior.
By: Becky Post, Guest Blogger
Halloween is almost upon us once again and that means fun for children and adults alike. According to a survey by the National Retail Federation, the average household will spend around $75 this year on candy, decorations, and costumes.Blog Image: FiveStar Rating: 0
Be there for your child when he or she is going through a hard time. Listen to your child. Stick with your child throughout the difficult time—and after.
Sometimes your child will show an interest in some activity, almost to the exclusion of all others. While focused attention can lead to mastery over time, you can also talk with him about finding a balance between the one activity he most wants to do, and the other responsibilities he has at school and at home.
If your child wants to be good at something, that pursuit will be demanding in terms of time. That’s true for all people. In order to master a skill, it takes time and practice.
Learn something new together—sign up for a cooking, art, photography, or language class with your child and enjoy the connections it brings you both.
By: Ryan Ngai, Guest Blogger
Editor's Note: Speaking up is important when you or someone else is being bullied. Young people need to let parents, teachers, and friends know if they are being bullied. Likewise, parents need to report instances of bullying to their child’s school.Blog Image: FiveStar Rating: 0
Be firm about setting limits. If, for example, you want to shower in peace (without kids, pets, and everyone else invading your space!), let your kids know they need to find something else to do during that time and that you will be available once you are dried and dressed.
Address bullying when you come across it. For example, if you hear your daughter and her friends gossiping, counter it with something like, “Ouch, that sounded mean. I know you guys can do better.”
Talk children through planning ahead by asking “what if” questions. This will help them think about what needs to be done and identify possible consequences of their decisions. Learn more in our next webinar >>
Support Sparks: Find opportunities to comment on activities your child seems to really enjoy. After noting that they seemed particularly happy or engaged by the activity, tell them you are interested in finding out what they most enjoyed about it. Then listen.
Try to separate your own interests and abilities from your child’s. He may not be the sports star or pianist you envisioned. Enjoy discovering who he is becoming and find ways to be supportive of your child’s unique gifts.
Talk with your child about what’s important and what he wants to do. Some kids want to do ballet, debate, volunteering, or a musical group that requires intensive training and activity. Other kids don’t. Discuss these issues together.
Praise your child for using a positive decision-making process, such as listing the pros and cons of a set of choices.
By: Becky Post, Guest Blogger
We parents hear a lot of about bullying. While numerous resources are now available to address bullying behavior, many parents are still reluctant to report problems.Blog Image: FiveStar Rating: 0
Continue to emphasize the importance of practicing and sticking with things, even when they get hard or boring. For example, tell your child she needs to practice her instrument 30 minutes a day before she can have computer or friend time.
Never blame your child for being bullied. Instead, empathize, explaining that bullying is always wrong, that it’s not your child’s fault, and that you are glad she or he had the courage to tell you about it.