Previous Tips of the Day

Tip of the Day August 13

Rotate your art supplies to keep kids from getting bored. Switch between chalk, watercolors, markers, tempera paint, colored pencils, and finger-paints.

Tip of the Day August 12

Teach your kids that mistakes are part of life. Everyone goofs up, and everyone can learn from his or her mistakes.

Tip of the Day August 11

Take a trip down memory lane. Flip through a photo album of your child. Talk about what you remember when they were young.

Tip of the Day August 10

Avoid the morning madness by planning ahead the night before. Set out clothes. Know what to pack for lunches and school.

Tip of the Day August 9

Get your kids outside. Splash in puddles. Run around the yard or playground. Organize a neighborhood game of kick the can. Get out and move.

Tip of the Day August 8

Arrange car pools with other parents for kids’ activities to help cut down on the amount of running you have to do—and to help the environment.

Tip of the Day August 7

Stop power struggles with your kids by remaining calm. Then offer choices to break log jams.

Tip of the Day August 6

Build in extra time for transitions (such as getting to school or an appointment) since kids tend to dawdle.

Tip of the Day August 5

Monitor your kids to keep them safe—and to know what they’re up to. Keep track of them in ways that show kids you’re interested in them, not waiting for them to make a mistake.

Tip of the Day August 4

Get out some paper and washable markers and spend some time as a family doodling as you talk.