Your teens most likely want to lead happy, successful lives, but their ideas may differ from yours about what that means. So talk regularly. If you both share an understanding of what’s important, you’ll come to greater agreement over appropriate and acceptable behavior.
By: Kathleen Stanley, Guest Blogger
If you are like most parents, you are noticing how excited your little one is getting about Halloween candy, costumes, pumpkin carving, and parties. As a rule, anything that excites your child opens up a world of possibility for learning.Blog Image: FiveStar Rating: 0
Bullying can happen in any setting. When you sign up your child for activities outside school, ask about anti-bullying policies and procedures. Let program supervisors know it’s important to you that they be proactive in preventing bullying.
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.