Previous Tips of the Day

Tip of the Day October 24

Your teens most likely want to lead happy, successful lives, but their ideas may differ from yours about what that means. So talk regularly. If you both share an understanding of what’s important, you’ll come to greater agreement over appropriate and acceptable behavior.

Tip of the Day October 23

Bullying can happen in any setting. When you sign up your child for activities outside school, ask about anti-bullying policies and procedures. Let program supervisors know it’s important to you that they be proactive in preventing bullying.

Tip of the Day October 22

Remember that children need a balance of loving, unconditional support and clear, reasonable boundaries and expectations to guide their behavior.

Tip of the Day October 21

Be there for your child when he or she is going through a hard time. Listen to your child. Stick with your child throughout the difficult time—and after.

Tip of the Day October 20

Sometimes your child will show an interest in some activity, almost to the exclusion of all others. While focused attention can lead to mastery over time, you can also talk with him about finding a balance between the one activity he most wants to do, and the other responsibilities he has at school and at home.

Tip of the Day October 19

If your child wants to be good at something, that pursuit will be demanding in terms of time. That’s true for all people. In order to master a skill, it takes time and practice.

Tip of the Day October 18

Learn something new together—sign up for a cooking, art, photography, or language class with your child and enjoy the connections it brings you both.

Tip of the Day October 17

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.

Tip of the Day October 16

Address bullying when you come across it. For example, if you hear your daughter and her friends gossiping, counter it with something like, “Ouch, that sounded mean. I know you guys can do better.”

Tip of the Day October 15

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 >>