Do something to help your own peace of mind: read a soothing book, pray or meditate, exercise, knit—do whatever works for you.
Tip of the Day, Apr. 9
Practice using a calm, kind voice, gestures, and touches with your kids. Do this when it’s easier and it will become easier all the time.
Tip of the Day, Apr. 8
The next time you have a dilemma, ask your kids to help you think about solutions. Their beginners’ minds might be just what you need.
Tip of the Day, Apr. 7
Honor your kids’ desire to be alone sometimes, as long as they don’t seem to be cutting themselves off from the world.
Tip of the Day, Mar. 30
Catch kids doing good things! Remember to acknowledge the things you appreciate about your children, not just correct misbehavior.
Tip of the Day, Mar. 29
Find a place in your community where you and your child can volunteer together.
Tip of the Day, Mar. 26
Invite your children’s friends to your home for a meal, game night, cookie-baking party, or other kid-friendly event. Don’t worry about the size, shape, or state of your home; your welcoming attitude is what will matter to them.
Tip of the Day, Mar. 25
Always encourage your child to keep trying when he or she feels like a failure. Even disappointments can help children learn a lot about how to achieve their goals.
Tip of the Day, Mar. 24
Spend time with your child in or near a natural environment such as a garden, hiking trail, lake, river, or mountain. Take time to notice and talk about the things you see, hear, taste, smell, and feel.
Tip of the Day, Mar. 23
Write your child a note expressing your love and your belief in her or his ability to overcome a problem, take on a specific challenge, or accomplish a dream.