Be firm about setting limits. If, for example, you want to shower in peace (without kids, pets, and everyone else invading your space!), let your kids know they need to find something else to do during that time and that you will be available once you are dried and dressed.
Talk children through planning ahead by asking “what if” questions. This will help them think about what needs to be done and identify possible consequences of their decisions. Learn more in our next webinar >>
Tip of the Day October 14
Support Sparks: Find opportunities to comment on activities your child seems to really enjoy. After noting that they seemed particularly happy or engaged by the activity, tell them you are interested in finding out what they most enjoyed about it. Then listen.
Tip of the Day October 13
Try to separate your own interests and abilities from your child’s. He may not be the sports star or pianist you envisioned. Enjoy discovering who he is becoming and find ways to be supportive of your child’s unique gifts.
Tip of the Day October 12
Talk with your child about what’s important and what he wants to do. Some kids want to do ballet, debate, volunteering, or a musical group that requires intensive training and activity. Other kids don’t. Discuss these issues together.
Tip of the Day October 11
Praise your child for using a positive decision-making process, such as listing the pros and cons of a set of choices.
Tip of the Day October 10
Continue to emphasize the importance of practicing and sticking with things, even when they get hard or boring. For example, tell your child she needs to practice her instrument 30 minutes a day before she can have computer or friend time.
Tip of the Day October 9
Never blame your child for being bullied. Instead, empathize, explaining that bullying is always wrong, that it’s not your child’s fault, and that you are glad she or he had the courage to tell you about it.
Tip of the Day October 8
Research has found that kids who are involved with things they find inherently interesting, whether it’s schoolwork or hobbies, take failure better and keep working longer during difficulties than kids who do things for rewards, like money or prizes. Learn more in our webinar today >>