Know that your kids will get bored. It’s part of growing up. As their brains go through changes, children go through periods when they are able to easily find things to do—and times when they aren’t.
Tip of the Day October 20
Follow your child’s lead on Halloween. If he or she wants to go trick-or-treating, find a safe way for this to happen. If your child isn’t interested in Halloween, don’t make a big deal of it.
Tip of the Day October 19
When your child comes to you with a conflict, don’t do all the problem solving yourself. Encourage him or her to develop solutions. (Intervention may be appropriate, of course, if there is a danger of physical injury.)
Tip of the Day October 18
Continue to show affection to teenagers by spending time with them—even if you’re not doing or talking about anything special.
Tip of the Day October 17
Present your kids with a variety of options for activities and help them think about which ones best fit their interests.
Tip of the Day October 16
Start a conversation with your family about communication. Do you all speak positively to each other? Do you trust each other and talk openly? What can you do to improve communication?
Tip of the Day October 15
When you and your child disagree, do or say something to show that you still care.
Tip of the Day October 14
Check in with your partner (and yourself!) periodically to assess whether you are balancing your work and family time the way you want to. List your priorities to help you be realistic about the things you value most.
Tip of the Day October 13
Help your children practice coping skills when difficult situations arise.
Tip of the Day October 12
Find ways to teach your children about their cultural heritage, such as through stories or songs.