Your beliefs about your children’s competence affect their confidence and ability to learn.
Tip of the Day October 31
Ask your teenager if he or she wants to help hand out candy on Halloween. Some teenagers enjoy doing this, and it’s a fun way to spend time together.
Tip of the Day October 30
Take your kids trick-or-treating in your neighborhood on Halloween. This is one of the few holidays that encourages you to connect with your neighbors.
Tip of the Day October 29
Stay with your children when they’re afraid.
Tip of the Day October 28
Establish routines that simplify the whole family’s “comings and goings.” This may include a specific homework time; a consistent, soothing bedtime routine; preparing lunches the night before; and eating breakfast together to kick off the day.
Tip of the Day October 27
Ask your child what they would like to do this weekend that would cost little or no money. Then, do it!
Tip of the Day October 26
Emphasize how Halloween is about having fun; it’s not just a holiday to get a lot of candy. Squeeze in some quality time with your child by doing other Halloween activities that take the focus off the candy, such as carving pumpkins and looking for costumes together.
Tip of the Day October 25
Tell your children you love them often, but show them you love them through your actions every day. It’s easy to say, “I love you”, but the little, everyday things you model (like patience, kindness, courage, and persistence) are really what make a difference in the long run.
Tip of the Day October 24
Monitor your activity level. Yes, you will always have a long to-do list. Discern what really needs to be done—and what can wait (so you can spend some time with your child).
Tip of the Day October 23
Be clear about your values and why you have the values that you do. Kids can’t resist negative peer pressure if they don’t know what’s right—and what’s wrong.