Family meetings can be great – or horrible! Learning to work together is worth it, though. Try different formats, trade off leading them, and see if they can improve your family’s workflow and communication.
Tip of the Day January 30
2 tips for raising successful kids: —> 1. Establish clear boundaries. 2. Enforce consequences for not abiding by them.
Tip of the Day January 29
Develop a network of friends who are willing to step in and “co-parent” on occasion (babysit, pick up a kid from school, grab an item at the store, etc.). It takes a village!
Tip of the Day January 28
Try to be ready to listen whenever kids are ready to talk. When they are ready to share an important thought, a tough experience or a difficult question, make yourself available.
Tip of the Day January 27
Support your child’s interests and seek out opportunities for them to develop their talents. As they grow older, it may help them make important decisions and life choices.
Tip of the Day January 26
Make a point to spend 1 on 1 time with your children throughout the week. Consider a “date night” with each child individually on a regular basis.
Tip of the Day January 25
Foster a strong work ethic. Encourage your kids to do their best at every task they undertake, no matter how small, no matter how “unimportant”.
Tip of the Day January 24
Monitor your own comments about other parents and families. Your kids are always listening and we may appear less tolerant than we intend to if we are careless.
Tip of the Day January 23
Give kids room to make and realize their mistakes. Preventing them from learning from mistakes will build a sense of false security and diminish their ability to manage disappointment.
Tip of the Day January 22
It can help kids to name feelings to help a conversation move forward. Try something like, “Some kids in this situation might feel angry, sad, or afraid. Do any of those sound true for you?”