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.
Tip of the Day November 20
Maintain a positive attitude about education. Don’t reinforce negative attitudes about the value of education by asking questions such as, “Won’t you be glad when school is out?”
Tip of the Day November 19
Give children opportunities to plan and to lead some family activities.
Tip of the Day November 18
Thank a teacher, principal, custodian, substitute, or other school staff person for her or his efforts.
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.