Place limits on money and talk about why you have the limits you do. For example, you may say that it’s important to save, which is why you don’t say yes to every request to buy something from family members.
Tip of the Day March 26
Get to know your teenagers’ friends. The more you can connect with them and show them that you’re interested in them, the more likely they’ll try to connect with you.
Tip of the Day March 25
Set clear, simple limits for young children. They are more likely to follow rules when they understand the rules, when adults are sensitive to their feelings, and when adults notice when they change their behavior for the better.
Tip of the Day March 24
Teens will pressure you to loosen the reigns and give them more privileges. Think carefully about which rules you can loosen and which need to remain firm.
Tip of the Day March 23
Notice when your children do the right thing. Tell them that you’re proud of them. Positive feedback gives young people information about which behaviors are appropriate and which are not.
Tip of the Day March 20
Young teenagers are heavily influenced by their friends. They’ll claim that “they’ll die” if they don’t have a smart phone or some other gadget. Don’t be quick to give in—set standards for what you believe is best for your child.
Tip of the Day March 19
Set a good example. Exercise with your kids. If that isn’t possible, model what you value by getting involved in some type of physical activity. Stick with it and talk about it.
Tip of the Day March 18
Your kids may be quick to point out how your rules aren’t like other family’s rules. Be firm. Explain that your family is different. Emphasize how you want your kids to grow up well.
Tip of the Day March 17
Create a toy exchange with other parents you know. Instead of buying all kinds of toys for your kids, have each family buy different toys. Then periodically swap them out. That way your kids will feel like they’re often getting new toys—without you having to buy them.
Tip of the Day March 16
Learn the names of your neighbors when you’re outside or when your kids are playing outdoors.