Research has found that kids who are involved with things they find inherently interesting, whether it’s schoolwork or hobbies, take failure better and keep working longer during difficulties than kids who do things for rewards, like money or prizes. Learn more in our webinar today >>
Tip of the Day October 7
If kids want to quit an activity, talk about their feelings and why they feel the way they do. Affirm their feelings but also teach kids that it’s important to stick with things, even if it’s for only a few more sessions.
Tip of the Day October 6
Watch what activities your kids gravitate toward to pick up some clues about possible sparks. Some children will enjoy sampling lots of activities. Others may find comfort in repeating familiar ones. That can be another clue to their preferences.
Tip of the Day October 5
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Let your child know you take bullying seriously. If your child approaches you about a possible bullying situation, listen and determine whether she or he just needs to “talk through” it or whether you need to get involved. Trust your instincts. Learn how to recognize bullying here >>
Tip of the Day October 4
Support and encourage the sparks of your kids—and other people’s kids. Some people do this by becoming an assistant coach, a club leader, or just by asking kids how their sparks are going when they see them.
Tip of the Day October 3
Ask adults at school about opportunities for you to become involved in school events or after-school programming. Your participation signals to your child that school matters.
Tip of the Day October 2
Keep looking for that passionate “spark” that engages your child. Caring for the environment, supporting service projects, joining a youth council, or taking apart engines—whatever it is, support your child’s enthusiasm any way you can.
Tip of the Day October 1
Strengthen family relationships: Talk about how bad things happen to people. Every person, at some point in life, will struggle with a difficult situation. What matters is how you react and work through the difficulty.
Tip of the Day September 30
“Saying yes too often creates a pattern for which there is no end.” – Dr. David Walsh, author and parenting expert
Tip of the Day September 29
Discover and discuss sparks with your family. Ask yourself these questions as you look for clues about your children’s sparks: What is the activity you have to make them stop doing to get them to eat or go to sleep? What activity are they doing when they seem most engaged and alive?