Intentionally start conversations with your kids about honesty, friendships, giving to others, and making tough decisions so that you can hear how their values are taking shape.
Tip of the Day February 23
Realize that in order to learn from mistakes, children have to make mistakes. Don’t blow up when they make a poor choice. Don’t rescue them from natural consequences.
Tip of the Day February 22
Help your children understand the difference between what we can and can’t control. For example, we can control what we say and do; we can’t control what other people say and do.
Tip of the Day February 21
Teach your children that kids who pressure them to do things they know they shouldn’t do are not true friends at all. Talk about times when you had to let go of a friendship that wasn’t helpful to you.
Tip of the Day February 20
Allow your child to express their opinions on various subjects, even (or especially) if they differ from yours. Kids feel supported when they know you value their opinions.
Tip of the Day February 19
Challenge yourself and your family members to find something new and interesting to try together if you find yourselves sitting around or watching television too often. How about arts and crafts? Sports? Playing instruments?
Tip of the Day February 18
Celebrate kids’ firsts and lasts, such as the first day of school or the last game of a sports season.
Tip of the Day February 17
Encourage elementary-age children to use words rather than actions to express their needs, worries, or fears.
Tip of the Day February 16
Include your children in family discussions and decisions. Be sure to solicit their opinions if they are reluctant to share them.
Tip of the Day February 15
When your children behave in highly emotional ways, try to stay calm. Often they will follow your lead.