If you are staying with family over the holidays, explain to children that you all must follow the host’s house rules. Eating in the living room might be okay in your house, but if it’s not in this house, then stick to the kitchen.
Tip of the Day December 18
Point out how advertising influences you. Explain how you decide what to buy and what not to buy. Be careful that you don’t make the claim that advertising doesn’t influence you. It does, even in subtle ways. Be honest.
Tip of the Day December 17
Make time for family fun as you’re rushing to finish everything for the holidays. Read aloud a picture book to your young children, play a game with your kids, or do something fun for yourself and your family.
Tip of the Day December 16
Explain that for GLBT youth, just like heterosexual youth, sexual orientation is only one part of a person’s identity. Most people do not make a big deal about their sexuality. It’s just part of who they are.
Tip of the Day December 15
Speak up when you see an offensive ad. Some ads are sexist or perpetuate negative stereotypes, and others make outrageous claims. Talk about this with your kids so they can learn that not all advertising is helpful.
Encourage kids to use correct words, such as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender. Be clear that inappropriate name-calling is not acceptable.
Tip of the Day December 12
Can’t do regular family dinners together? Try something else. Can you get everyone together for breakfast or lunch instead? Every family has different needs and schedules; keep trying new things until you figure out what works for yours.
Tip of the Day December 11
Watch what your kids watch. Talk about what they’re seeing. Ask questions such as, “What do you think of that character drinking all that alcohol?” State your values clearly. “I don’t like it when people swear. I don’t want you to swear either.”
Tip of the Day December 10
Some parents find it essential for their young child to get a kid-friendly cell phone that can be programmed with five numbers. It’s a great way to have your child check in with you to let you know he or she caught the bus or has safely gotten home.