Hang a whiteboard on your refrigerator or in a common area such as an entryway. Use it to write loving messages to one another or to let everyone know where you are, how you can be reached, and when you will be home.
Tip of the Day January 12
Calling and texting, emailing photos and messages, or sending handwritten cards and children’s art are all wonderful ways to stay connected with long-distance relatives.
Tip of the Day January 11
Be willing to talk during times that are comfortable for your children, such as while riding or driving, or on a walk. Sometimes not having to make constant direct eye contact can make the conversation flow better.
Tip of the Day January 10
Use mealtimes to learn about one another’s musical tastes. Choose one night each week as music night and rotate who gets to choose.
Tip of the Day January 9
When you speak to your kids, are you grounding yourself in love, respect, and clarity? Do you ever say one thing and mean another? Do you treat them the way you want to be treated?
Tip of the Day January 8
Do you understand what your kids are trying to tell you? Are you paying attention to body language or other cues that might indicate there’s more to a story?
Tip of the Day January 7
Create a small memory book, memory box, photo album, or private website for each of your children.
Tip of the Day January 6
Give kids space and respect their privacy when they need it.
Tip of the Day January 5
Start family traditions and rituals such as family service, game nights, season outings, or family meetings.
Tip of the Day January 4
Don’t strive to live up to a stereotype or an ideal of parenting; just do what works for you.