Set limits and consequences ahead of time with your children so that they know—on the front end—what is acceptable and what is not.
Tip of the Day January 18
When your child makes a bad choice in a new situation, ask questions. Let him answer. Listen and prompt him toward self-discovery and to think: What did I do? Ask: What do you think ____ (an adult he admires) would have done? Discuss what he might do differently next time.
Tip of the Day January 17
Encourage an older sibling to mentor a younger sibling (reading, learning left from right, practicing the piano, basic math) in something they know how to do but the youngster is still learning. Compliment their work together, both learning and teaching.
Tip of the Day January 16
Surround yourself with families you admire. Learn what you want and don’t want to do. Be intentional with the choices you make in managing your family AND with the caring adults around you.
Tip of the Day January 15
Limit tech time. Look for ways to get kids involved in activities that are physical, creative and interactive with others.
Tip of the Day January 14
Make a habit every day to find and praise good behavior and the effort your kids make. Don’t look for “perfect” behavior; praise the effort and encourage practice.
Tip of the Day January 13
When behaviors drive you crazy, give yourself grace. Seek out the wisdom of other parents you admire, try new strategies, and remember: parenting well comes from experience, patience, and positive guidance.
Tip of the Day January 12
Emphasize what the right way is to respond in various situations. When misbehavior happens, say, “This isn’t right. The right way to do this is by . . . “ Once they know right from wrong, and choose the wrong, then discipline.
Tip of the Day January 11
Find out what makes your child light up with joy. Help her get involved in activities that are fun, interactive, and rewarding.
Tip of the Day January 10
Capture in words or photos the moments of your life with your child. Record them. Keep them and share them at the end of the year.