Monitor your activity level. Yes, you will always have a long to-do list. Discern what really needs to be done—and what can wait (so you can spend some time with your child).
Tip of the Day October 23
Be clear about your values and why you have the values that you do. Kids can’t resist negative peer pressure if they don’t know what’s right—and what’s wrong.
Tip of the Day October 22
Ask your co-parent what you can do to ease her or his stress level.
Tip of the Day October 21
Know that your kids will get bored. It’s part of growing up. As their brains go through changes, children go through periods when they are able to easily find things to do—and times when they aren’t.
Tip of the Day October 20
Follow your child’s lead on Halloween. If he or she wants to go trick-or-treating, find a safe way for this to happen. If your child isn’t interested in Halloween, don’t make a big deal of it.
Tip of the Day October 19
When your child comes to you with a conflict, don’t do all the problem solving yourself. Encourage him or her to develop solutions. (Intervention may be appropriate, of course, if there is a danger of physical injury.)
Tip of the Day October 18
Continue to show affection to teenagers by spending time with them—even if you’re not doing or talking about anything special.
Tip of the Day October 17
Present your kids with a variety of options for activities and help them think about which ones best fit their interests.
Tip of the Day October 16
Start a conversation with your family about communication. Do you all speak positively to each other? Do you trust each other and talk openly? What can you do to improve communication?
Tip of the Day October 15
When you and your child disagree, do or say something to show that you still care.