Don’t strive to live up to a stereotype or an ideal of parenting; just do what works for you.
Tip of the Day January 3
Spend time together in ways that fit your lifestyle. Try to make time for regular meals together; go for walks; talk in the car or meet somewhere for coffee.
Tip of the Day January 2
If you don’t live in the same city as your child, create a care package that includes things like a pack of cards; a book of crossword puzzles, word jumbles, or drawing activities; and some colorful pens, pencils, or markers.
Tip of the Day January 1
No two parents show love in quite the same way. Some shower their kids with lots of hugs, high-fives and kind notes; others are more stoic or reserved. Tap into your own way of showing your kids you care.
Tip of the Day December 31
Buy or create a family event calendar. Keeping it up-to-date will help your family focus on where you are spending your time—a great opportunity to make sure you are spending time on things you love.
Tip of the Day December 30
Be realistic with your kids, rather than promising the moon. What they want and need most is your love, support, guidance, and belief in them.
Tip of the Day December 29
Ask family members to each list three words that describe each of the other family members. Share your lists over a bowl of popcorn.
Tip of the Day December 28
No one likes to feel small. This week, give your child one extra compliment, responsibility, or opportunity that shows you recognize that he or she is growing up.
Tip of the Day December 27
You can’t always control what your kids say in public. Teach and model the kind of manners and behavior you expect from them, regardless of who is around.
Tip of the Day December 26
Your child has a beginner’s mind for many tasks and situations. Try to let them find their own approach to each, rather than dictating the “right way.”