Whenever you feel like you’re saying the same thing over and over, stop. What isn’t changing? What could you do differently so that you don’t feel like you’re in a rut?
Tip of the Day September 18
Greet your children’s friends when you see them, using the name or nickname they prefer. Ask how they’re doing.
Tip of the Day September 17
Don’t let anyone in your family (including you) watch too much television. Encourage your children to spend their time doing interesting and meaningful activities—some with you, some with their friends, some by themselves.
Tip of the Day September 16
If you tell your child there will be a specific consequence for a certain behavior, be prepared to follow through. Empty threats will teach your child that you “don’t really mean it” when you set boundaries.
Tip of the Day September 15
Help your child set daily homework goals and suggest a comfortable location where studying will be easier.
Tip of the Day September 14
Involve your children in decisions about family spiritual activities.
Tip of the Day September 13
Make sure your child isn’t over- or under-scheduled. Your child also needs downtime at home, as well as time with you.
Tip of the Day September 12
Help your kids to set healthy boundaries so that when someone pressures them to do something against their values and beliefs, they’re more likely to say no.
Tip of the Day September 11
Be low-key when you’re around kids. Kids tend to gravitate toward calm adults who listen to them.
Tip of the Day September 10
Help your child find ways to learn more about a subject that really interests her or him. For example, you might invite an animal lover to watch a documentary about a favorite animal or visit a local veterinarian.