Take physical safety measures (such as baby proofing when they’re young, or setting rules about driving when they’re teens) out of love for your children and a desire for them to have positive experiences, rather than out of fear.
Tip of the Day February 6
If kids have positive influences, they’re more likely to make safe choices, and if lots of people care about them, they can get help and support when needed.
Tip of the Day February 5
If you are communicating, you’ll know what’s going on in your child’s life, where they might need some help, or if they might need someone to look out for them.
Tip of the Day February 4
Many communities have organized groups that older children can take part in, such as volunteer groups, event planning committees, and community recreation departments. Encourage your child to find and join a community action group like this.
Tip of the Day February 3
Organize or participate in a fundraiser such as a walk or run as a family. Donate the proceeds to hurricane relief, camp scholarships, or other causes.
Tip of the Day February 2
Make and send cards with your kids to hospitalized children, nursing home residents, or people in the military.
Tip of the Day February 1
Together with your kids, do something for someone else, whether it’s making a financial contribution, baking cookies, or helping someone out.
Tip of the Day January 31
Encourage your kids to mentor their peers. Teach them how they can help other youth by listening to them and helping them work through their problems.
Tip of the Day January 30
If you’re in charge of a fundraising or charity event, involve your children. They will learn by watching you in action, but they will learn even more if they’re given a meaningful task to complete.
Tip of the Day January 29
Show your kids that they are valued at home by giving them increasing levels of responsibility. Then take it a step further by helping them get engaged in service in the community, whether in the neighborhood, school, or somewhere else.