Previous Tips of the Day

Tip of the Day May 3

As they say in Ratatouille, “Anyone can cook!” Planning and preparing meals are important life skills that even elementary-age kids can learn.

Tip of the Day May 2

When you see kids teasing or disrespecting each other, speak up. A simple, “We don’t talk to each other that way” can change kids’ lives.

Tip of the Day May 1

Set a fun family goal for May: Try 31 new foods. Or learn 31 new words. Or find 31 new knock-knock jokes.

Tip of the Day April 30

Help your child learn to use humor to combat teasing. When a classmate says something mean, saying something goofy can often defuse the tension.

Tip of the Day April 29

What movies, video games, and TV shows can you think of that have themes about bullying? What happens to the bully and what happens to the victim? Share your thoughts with your kids and ask for their ideas and opinions.

Tip of the Day April 28

Help your child block cyberbullies on their phone and social media accounts. Report inappropriate messages to your service provider; report threats to law enforcement officials.

Tip of the Day April 27

Use books to talk to your kids about bullying. Two good ones: Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell and Confessions of a Former Bully by Trudy Ludwig.

Tip of the Day April 26

As early as preschool, kids are able to distinguish differences between themselves and others. This is normal development, but help children to also notice the things they have in common. “Yes, that man’s in a wheelchair, but he likes to wear baseball caps just like you do.”

Tip of the Day April 25

Help your kids troubleshoot tricky social situations by playing the “what if” game: What if some kids were gossiping about you? What if you hurt someone’s feelings? What if saw someone else being picked on?

Tip of the Day April 24

The characteristic behaviors of autism spectrum disorders usually become apparent during early childhood. Read the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)‘s five “red flag” behaviors that warrant further evaluation. >