If you aren’t finding good ways to get involved in your kid’s school or activities, start talking to or emailing people about it: teachers, principals, program leaders, or other directors. Let them know what would work for you and why the current opportunities don’t work.
Most schools and youth-serving programs go out of their way to reach parents through conferences, volunteer opportunities, and special events. If you’re too busy to attend, connect with your children’s teachers via e-mail or phone.
Tip of the Day January 21
It’s not too late to identify a caring adult who can help take some of the pressure off you during the teenage years. Do you know someone you can bring into a mentoring relationship with your teen who shares your teen’s passion? A colleague? Music instructor? Your child’s employer?
Tip of the Day January 20
As you identify the other caring adults in your child’s life, keep in mind your child’s well-being and safety and think about the gifts that each adult can bring to your child (general love and acceptance, listening, patience, teach him how to play ball, etc.).
Tip of the Day January 19
There are many ways for a caring adult to be supportive. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to bounce ideas and concerns off of someone who isn’t “in” the daily grind every day? To get perspective? To rally assistance and ideas when you are stumped?
Tip of the Day January 18
Trusted, loving adults can help children learn to navigate hurdles, build confidence, and build a sense of self. They can also help create a secure environment of love, faith, and general support.
Tip of the Day January 17
If you think it would help your child, look into a formal mentoring program through your school or a community organization. Many programs can match kids with an adult who will be a supporter and friend for years to come.
Tip of the Day January 16
Help find positive adult role models for your children by introducing them to people you like and respect, and supporting positive relationships that develop naturally.
Tip of the Day January 15
Are you able to name at least three, non-parent adults who are positive role models for your child? That strict but kind violin teacher may be helping your daughter build confidence. Or maybe the neighbor who hires your son to walk her dogs helps him see himself as a responsible and reliable person.