Previous Tips of the Day

Tip of the Day August 21

Think of your teenager as an adult in training. Teach him or her practical things like how to change a tire, prepare a meal, or create a monthly budget.

Tip of the Day August 20

Give children freedom to make their own choices (as appropriate for their age) so that they feel they have some control over their lives.

Tip of the Day August 19

Set clear expectations about how you want your child to do in school. This isn’t about putting undue pressure on your child. Instead, it’s about expecting your child to do as well as he or she can.

Tip of the Day August 18

Talk about the value of education. Even if school isn’t always easy, that doesn’t mean that it’s not important. Emphasize how working hard at school will help your kids succeed.

Tip of the Day August 17

When you teach your children about the difference between right and wrong, help them learn to listen to their conscience.

Tip of the Day August 16

Remember intelligence is not fixed: Effort and persistence when facing challenges are important characteristics of a successful student. Tell your child, “smart is not what you are; smart is what you work to become.”

Tip of the Day August 15

Start family traditions and rituals such as family service projects, game nights, seasonal outings, or family meetings.

Tip of the Day August 14

When kids have a good start to the school year and settle in well to school, they tend to be more interested in school and doing their best. Help your kids get a good start by being an involved parent.

Tip of the Day August 13

Forget your worries sometimes and try to concentrate only on your kids.

Tip of the Day August 12

Create a homework spot. Ideally you should find a place where you can sit right next to your child. You can pay bills, do work, or read while your child studies.