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.
Tip of the Day, Sept. 25
The next time you feel like you’re struggling a bit with your parenting, remember that everyone has ups and downs and worries about the future, but it’s what’s in your heart—what you believe about yourself and your family—that matters most to your kids.
Tip of the Day, Sept. 24
Let all kids, even teenagers, take time once in a while to just be kids and enjoy a little adventure.
Tip of the Day, Sept. 23
Remember to be cautious about saying harsh things about anyone around your kids. They listen well and will start to repeat what they hear.
Tip of the Day, Sept. 22
Join one of your children in an activity for which you think you might be “too old.”
Tip of the Day, Sept. 21
Ask your children where they see them themselves in three years—and remember to ask them again next year!
Tip of the Day, Sept. 18
Whenever your children are honest about something they’ve done of which you don’t approve, be sure to praise them for their honesty before enforcing consequences for their actions.