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 December 29
Ask family members to each list three words that describe each of the other family members. Share your lists over a bowl of popcorn.
Tip of the Day December 28
No one likes to feel small. This week, give your child one extra compliment, responsibility, or opportunity that shows you recognize that he or she is growing up.
Tip of the Day December 27
You can’t always control what your kids say in public. Teach and model the kind of manners and behavior you expect from them, regardless of who is around.
Tip of the Day December 26
Your child has a beginner’s mind for many tasks and situations. Try to let them find their own approach to each, rather than dictating the “right way.”
Tip of the Day December 25
Let all kids, even teenagers, take time once in a while to just be kids and enjoy a little adventure.
Tip of the Day December 24
Having a place to go—is a home. Having someone to love—is a family. Having both—is a blessing. ~ Donna Hedges
Tip of the Day December 23
Monitor your family’s activity and stress levels. When kids feel overwhelmed, they’re less likely to want to do things. Sometimes it helps to say that instead of attending a family event for an entire day that you’re only going to stay for three or four hours.
Tip of the Day December 22
“What greater blessing to give thanks for at a family gathering than the family and the gathering.” ~ Robert Brault
Tip of the Day December 21
Kids know when they’re “in the way”. If your family places a large emphasis on adults getting together, try to find a way to create activities that the kids find interesting.