Whenever your child notices that someone is upset and wants to help, encourage him or her to act on that impulse. Afterward, talk about how pleased you are with your child for caring.
Tip of the Day November 29
Kids learn a lot about honesty from the way you act. They notice when you tell lies over the phone—or to a salesperson to get rid of her. Work on being honest yet tactful and respectful to others.
Tip of the Day November 28
For those celebrating Thanksgiving today, have each person present name something he or she is thankful for in the past year. It could be the birth of a new family member, moving to a new house, starting school, or getting well after being sick.
Tip of the Day November 27
Consider spending part of your Thanksgiving (or Thanksgiving weekend) helping others by doing a family service project.
Tip of the Day November 26
This Thanksgiving, try getting kids and adults to interact more. Consider creating a different seating arrangement at your holiday table. Place a child from a different family next to a different adult.
Tip of the Day November 25
Model sincere appreciation. Kids notice when you have an attitude of gratitude—and when you don’t.
Tip of the Day November 24
As a family, talk about what you like and dislike about Thanksgiving. Your kids may surprise you: some really enjoy annual traditions while others get bored with them.
Tip of the Day November 23
Plan a holiday shopping event in your home or community center. Ask adult volunteers to collect or donate inexpensive gifts, paper, tags, and bows so children can select gifts and wrap them for family members.
Tip of the Day November 22
Regularly express your caring—verbally and nonverbally—to your children.
Tip of the Day November 21
Distract your children from inappropriate behavior by drawing attention to how you want them to act.