As you identify the other caring adults in your child’s life, keep in mind your child’s well-being and safety and think about the gifts that each adult can bring to your child (general love and acceptance, listening, patience, teach him how to play ball, etc.).
Tip of the Day January 19
There are many ways for a caring adult to be supportive. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to bounce ideas and concerns off of someone who isn’t “in” the daily grind every day? To get perspective? To rally assistance and ideas when you are stumped?
Tip of the Day January 18
Trusted, loving adults can help children learn to navigate hurdles, build confidence, and build a sense of self. They can also help create a secure environment of love, faith, and general support.
Tip of the Day January 17
If you think it would help your child, look into a formal mentoring program through your school or a community organization. Many programs can match kids with an adult who will be a supporter and friend for years to come.
Tip of the Day January 16
Help find positive adult role models for your children by introducing them to people you like and respect, and supporting positive relationships that develop naturally.
Tip of the Day January 15
Are you able to name at least three, non-parent adults who are positive role models for your child? That strict but kind violin teacher may be helping your daughter build confidence. Or maybe the neighbor who hires your son to walk her dogs helps him see himself as a responsible and reliable person.
Tip of the Day January 14
Regularly sit down with your teen and talk through their commitments to school, friends, jobs, and so on. Make sure they are making intentional decisions about what they do with their time, and make sure that their choices are respectful of your family’s schedule.
Tip of the Day January 13
Hang a whiteboard on your refrigerator or in a common area such as an entryway. Use it to write loving messages to one another or to let everyone know where you are, how you can be reached, and when you will be home.
Tip of the Day January 12
Calling and texting, emailing photos and messages, or sending handwritten cards and children’s art are all wonderful ways to stay connected with long-distance relatives.
Tip of the Day January 11
Be willing to talk during times that are comfortable for your children, such as while riding or driving, or on a walk. Sometimes not having to make constant direct eye contact can make the conversation flow better.