Develop family habits that your children will likely carry over into their adult lives—things like an annual household spring cleaning, exercising together, or starting meals with a check-in conversation about how everyone is doing.
Tip of the Day October 27
Stay informed of your teens’ progress in school, homework, and other assignments. Help them break down larger tasks into manageable goals and objectives.
Tip of the Day October 26
Fill your home with messages about the value of making mistakes, learning from them, and then letting them go and moving on.
Tip of the Day October 25
Keep the focus of school, sports, arts, and other activities on progress rather than performance. Let your children know that you are proud of them for the values they bring to their efforts—such as trying, helping others, and having a good attitude—not just their talents.
Tip of the Day October 24
Your teens most likely want to lead happy, successful lives, but their ideas may differ from yours about what that means. So talk regularly. If you both share an understanding of what’s important, you’ll come to greater agreement over appropriate and acceptable behavior.
Tip of the Day October 23
Bullying can happen in any setting. When you sign up your child for activities outside school, ask about anti-bullying policies and procedures. Let program supervisors know it’s important to you that they be proactive in preventing bullying.
Tip of the Day October 22
Remember that children need a balance of loving, unconditional support and clear, reasonable boundaries and expectations to guide their behavior.
Tip of the Day October 21
Be there for your child when he or she is going through a hard time. Listen to your child. Stick with your child throughout the difficult time—and after.
Tip of the Day October 20
Sometimes your child will show an interest in some activity, almost to the exclusion of all others. While focused attention can lead to mastery over time, you can also talk with him about finding a balance between the one activity he most wants to do, and the other responsibilities he has at school and at home.
Tip of the Day October 19
If your child wants to be good at something, that pursuit will be demanding in terms of time. That’s true for all people. In order to master a skill, it takes time and practice.