Find out when standardized tests will be given at your child’s school. Some kids need preparation for these tests, and it’s easier to help them prepare when you know when the tests are scheduled.
Listen for times when you can acknowledge your child being kind toward another person, doing a great job, or making the best of a situation.
Monitor how your child handles money. Talk honestly about your child’s financial strengths and weaknesses with him or her.
The next time your child seems inspired by a teacher or a subject in school, write that teacher a note or e-mail to say thanks for helping your child learn and develop.
Talk about advertising with your kids and how they are being targeted to spend money. Help them make sense of the messages bombarding them and encourage them to save money instead of spending it quickly.
Talk about saving money in a positive way to your kids. Explain what you’re saving for and how you’re excited about that.
When your kids seem to get particularly antsy, give them some undivided love and attention and see what happens.
Go to the store with a budget and calculator and have your kids help add things up as they are placed in the cart. This teaches kids that families have budgets and also helps with math skills. If the total starts to go over your budget, reassess and put some things back.