When your child pulls away from you and wants a lot of privacy, first understand that this is completely normal. However, do encourage trusted adults to stay connected to your child. While your kids may not want to talk to you, they may be much more open to talking to a teacher, a grandparent, or a neighbor.
Tip of the Day November 20
Distract young children from inappropriate behavior and draw attention to how you want them to act.
Tip of the Day November 19
Parenting is not a sprint. It’s a marathon (and maybe more like a triathlon). Pace yourself. You need time to unwind, even if only for a few minutes.
Tip of the Day November 18
Give children opportunities to plan and to lead some family activities.
Tip of the Day November 17
Ask your children to read to you as they learn to read. Show them that you are excited about their reading.
Tip of the Day November 16
Know that there will be times when parenting is overwhelming and stressful. That’s true for all parents. You’re not alone.
Tip of the Day November 15
Teach your children how to care for special things—such as toys, books, or plants—by themselves.
Tip of the Day November 14
Emphasize participation in sports and activities more than competition.
Tip of the Day November 13
Be honest when you lose your temper. All parents do sometimes. It’s good for kids to see that adults aren’t always perfect.
Tip of the Day November 12
Know that teaching a child to resolve conflicts peacefully takes a long time. Kids need to practice, and they need to practice often. Keep reminding them what to do when they’re upset and want to fight.