The little actions you take every day add up, helping kids grow to be confident and responsible.
Balance the amount of times you say yes and the times you say no to your child. You don’t want to refuse everything your child asks for, but you also don’t want to give in every time. Work on making your yeses more about creative ways to assert your values and boundaries in a positive way.
Make your home a fun place. Some families put up a basketball hoop. Others create an area for teens to hang or play video games. Some have scrapbooking supplies or other crafts for kids. Others stock the fridge.
Tip of the Day March 1
Be sensitive to what embarrasses your child. Young teens in particular can be extremely self-conscious. Connect with them in playful ways but notice when your child’s mood starts to change.
Tip of the Day February 28
Don’t ask children if they’ve told the truth; this can corner them into telling another lie. Instead, say something like, “It can be hard to tell the truth sometimes. It’s okay for you to make a mistake, but it isn’t okay for you to lie about what happened.”
Tip of the Day February 27
When you know your young child has lied (and they all do at times), point it out. Explain why it’s wrong to lie. Talk about how important it is to be honest.
Tip of the Day February 26
When you fudge the truth, admit it and apologize. This sounds simple, but it is not always easy.