The next time your child talks with you, look her or him directly in the eye and pay close attention to the words you hear and the hidden messages you sense.
Tip of the Day, Oct. 28
Let your children see you cry when you are sad. It will help them know that their own emotions are normal and healthy.
Tip of the Day, Oct. 27
Bring your children to an interactive science museum or to a group class at your local library.
Tip of the Day, Oct. 26
Help your child learn one new life skill this week by asking her or him to work with you on a task or project.
Tip of the Day, Oct. 23
Make a list of five reasons that your kids are lucky to be part of your family. Don’t show it to them; just keep it as a reminder for a day when you need a little boost in your confidence.
Tip of the Day, Oct. 22
Find one small way that you and your child can reach out to make a difference in someone else’s life.
Tip of the Day, Oct. 21
Be realistic with your kids, rather than promising the moon. What they want and need most is your love, support, guidance, and belief in them.
Tip of the Day, Sept. 30
Children don’t have sophisticated enough ways to say what they really feel, so they use what they know. Things said in anger can sting, but remember that they don’t mean it—they just don’t know how to express themselves in proper ways.
Tip of the Day, Sept. 29
Lack of physical activity is becoming a serious problem for children and teens in the United States. It’s easier to get your kids moving when you do the same, so go outside, to a community center, or to another public space and walk, run, roll, or swim—just get going!
Tip of the Day, Sept. 28
The next time your child wants to have a chat with you, resist all temptation to interject disagreements, corrections, or other “chat killers” and focus on listening and sharing ideas.