Prepare for the holidays with the activities you and your family enjoy the most. Some families love going to a holiday concert. Others enjoy making holiday goodies. Others enjoy making gifts to give.
Tip of the Day December 4
Congratulate your children when they resolve a conflict on their own.
Tip of the Day December 3
Create a holiday budget. List everyone for whom you plan to buy a gift. Set a budget for each person and then follow that budget.
Tip of the Day December 2
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 it’s winter break?”
Tip of the Day December 1
Let your children know that you will always be there for them, and work on building strong relationships that are characterized by warmth, boundaries, and respect.
Tip of the Day November 30
Be honest about your family’s difficulties. No family is perfect, and every family has its stressors and weaknesses. Talk about these and work through them together.
Tip of the Day November 29
Always be clear and consistent about the consequences your kids will face for varying infractions, including lying about bad behavior. Then make sure that you always follow through on those consequences.
Tip of the Day November 28
Regularly express your caring—verbally and nonverbally—to your children.
Tip of the Day November 27
Plan a simple, family service event for Thanksgiving weekend. Volunteer with your child at a nearby animal shelter, nursing home, or community center.
Tip of the Day November 26
Discuss with your kids the importance of traditions and why certain customs are important to pass down through the generations. The trick, however, is to balance meaningful traditions and new activities.