Ask your child to give you a hand with a home project.
Tip of the Day January 31
If your child likes baseball, art, rap, or science, there are probably positive adults you know who share those interests. Strong connections can form when young people and adults work together on things they both really care about.
Tip of the Day January 30
Notice when a family member withdraws. Give the person space—but work to keep them connected and supported.
Tip of the Day January 29
Make a family “business card” for your household. Include contact information and a message about how you’d like to connect (gardening, going for walks, etc.). Give one to every family in your neighborhood.
Tip of the Day January 28
Use Facebook, Twitter, and other social-networking platforms to communicate with kids in genuine ways. A word of encouragement is worth a lot in any medium.
Tip of the Day January 27
Sometimes tensions can arise between parents and mentors when a child or teen feels a strong attachment to the mentor. Be proactive in checking in regularly with other caring adults so that you agree on expectations and hopes.
Contact your child’s school to find out if they need chaperones or volunteers for special events.
Tip of the Day January 23
Organize informal weekend or evening activities (such as pickup basketball games, horseshoes, build-your-own-sundae parties, Monopoly contests) with your kids, nearby relatives, and kids in your neighborhood.
Tip of the Day January 22
Text a message of encouragement or a simple “Good Morning! I hope you have a wonderful day!” to your child and do it often. If you don’t know how to text, ask your child to teach you how.