When helping your children learn new skills, use corrective directions rather than telling them what they are doing wrong. There is a big difference between, “No, not like that,” and “Okay, now let’s try it this way,” followed by a demonstration.
Tip of the Day May 13
Try to create a family atmosphere that’s open and honest. This starts with you, as the parent, setting an example of honesty for your kids.
Tip of the Day May 12
This Mother’s Day, take time to write and reflect, separately or together, on the past year or the year to come. Share your letters now or put them away to read next year.
Tip of the Day May 11
Be clear about your family expectations. Examples could include working hard even at tasks you don’t like, returning a lost object to its rightful owner, being friendly to others, and doing family chores.
Tip of the Day May 10
It’s Teacher Appreciation Week! Make an effort to learn things about your children’s teachers or caregivers. Ask about their interests, hobbies, or families.
Tip of the Day May 9
Get involved in youth activities that you’re passionate about (such as soccer or playing an instrument). Young people need passionate adults who can get to know them and talk about subjects that matter to them.
Tip of the Day May 8
Attend open houses, conferences, and other school events whenever possible. In addition to talking about your child’s progress, make it a point to also have casual, friendly conversations with teachers.
Tip of the Day May 7
This Mother’s Day, tell family stories. What stories do you remember about your mother? Your mother’s mother? Celebrate mothers going as far back as you can find.
Tip of the Day May 6
Did you know it’s Teacher Appreciation Week? Tell teachers specific things you appreciate about them—the way they greet children in the morning, certain activities they’ve planned, or the way they engage their students.
Tip of the Day May 5
Notice how often you’re rushing to deal with your child’s last-minute demands. If it’s happening all the time, it’s important to teach your child skills on how to manage her time and priorities.