Previous Tips of the Day

Tip of the Day September 30

Teach children to be responsible for their own behavior and to be considerate of others.

Tip of the Day September 29

Be firm and fair, taking care not to overreact when rules are broken. Keep in mind that appropriate, consistent consequences will teach your child to accept responsibility for her or his actions, while harsh punishment will most likely cause resentment.

Tip of the Day September 28

Encourage your kids to forgive others. Yes, they can still stand up for themselves, but a generous spirit is a forgiving spirit.

Tip of the Day September 27

Remember your goal and purpose: you want to raise a child who succeeds in life. Knowing where you’re headed often helps you deal with the day-to-day routine.

Tip of the Day September 26

Help your children find inspirational, positive role models.

Tip of the Day September 25

When a disagreement occurs, work through only that problem. Don’t pull in other issues that may be bothering you.

Tip of the Day September 24

Encourage an older sibling to mentor a younger sibling in something they know how to, like reading, learning left from right, or basic math. Compliment their work together, both learning and teaching.

Tip of the Day September 23

If you are angry or frustrated with your child try lowering your voice—speak quietly and slowly and in a quiet place. Lowering your temperature will help lower theirs.

Tip of the Day September 22

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.

Tip of the Day September 21

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.”