Don’t be afraid to disagree about minor issues with your parenting partner in front of your children, as long as you discuss it in respectful, honest, direct terms. Save more serious arguments for private conversation.
Tip of the Day June 26
If you are very angry with your child, take some time to settle down before talking with her or him about it.
Tip of the Day June 25
Tell each of your kids specific things you appreciate about them.
Tip of the Day June 24
Help your children learn to put words to their feelings by doing so yourself.
Tip of the Day June 23
Be cautious with teasing, it’s a very easy way to accidentally hurt a young person’s feelings.
Tip of the Day June 22
Refrain from “baby talk” with infants and small children. They’ll learn better if adults and older kids speak with them in regular voices using real words.
Tip of the Day June 20
Don’t talk about your kids in front of other people as if they aren’t even there.
Tip of the Day June 19
Ask for your kids input on family decisions large and small.
Tip of the Day June 18
When kids share feelings, let them know you are listening rather than trying to “fix” things. Simple statements such as, “That sounds difficult,” or “You seem very excited,” can be exactly what they need sometimes.
Tip of the Day June 17
Remember that touch, both loving and not, is a form of communication. Do you hug your kids, put your hand on their shoulders when speaking to them, put your arm around them when they are feeling down?