Plan a simple, family service event for Thanksgiving weekend. Volunteer with your child at a nearby animal shelter, nursing home, or community center.
Tip of the Day November 26
Discuss with your kids the importance of traditions and why certain customs are important to pass down through the generations. The trick, however, is to balance meaningful traditions and new activities.
Tip of the Day November 25
Get the family together and have an “I’m grateful for” brainstorming session. Try to list as many things as you can think of that you’re grateful for. Creating a list often reminds us of how much we take for granted.
Tip of the Day November 24
Try getting kids and adults to interact more this Thanksgiving. Consider creating a different seating arrangement at your holiday table. Place a child from a different family between a different adult.
Tip of the Day November 23
Listen to your child and respect what he or she tells you.
Tip of the Day November 22
Invite your child’s friends to hang out in your home when you are there. Take time to chat with them.
Tip of the Day November 21
When your child pulls away from you and wants a lot of privacy, first understand that this is completely normal. However, do encourage trusted adults to stay connected to your child. While your kids may not want to talk to you, they may be much more open to talking to a teacher, a grandparent, or a neighbor.
Tip of the Day November 20
Distract young children from inappropriate behavior and draw attention to how you want them to act.
Tip of the Day November 19
Parenting is not a sprint. It’s a marathon (and maybe more like a triathlon). Pace yourself. You need time to unwind, even if only for a few minutes.
Tip of the Day November 18
Give children opportunities to plan and to lead some family activities.