Schedule a monthly family movie night. Take turns picking films, and allow plenty of time for discussion afterward.
Tip of the Day August 30
Look for opportunities—in the car, while doing chores together, or at the dinner table—to ask questions about your child’s classes and teachers.
Tip of the Day August 29
Plan and prepare a meal with one of your children. Invite your child’s friend to join you.
Tip of the Day August 28
If your child is reluctant to talk about school, try talking to her or his teacher; if there is a problem in the classroom, your child’s teacher can fill you in on the details.
Tip of the Day August 27
Ask your children and their friends to select a service project. Schedule an event where they can all volunteer together.
Tip of the Day August 26
Ask what your child thinks of school—some have a strong attachment, while others feel uncomfortable or unattached. Ask your son or daughter which part of school is his or her favorite. (Don’t be surprised if your children answer “recess” or “lunch.”)
Tip of the Day August 25
Find out if there is another adult who has connected well with your own child. Have they bonded over sports? Do they like the same music? If you can afford it, buy them tickets to attend an event together.
Tip of the Day August 24
Be ready for unexpected moments of connection. When your child or another young person starts to talk about something personal, drop everything to pay attention.
Tip of the Day August 23
Bring your child and one of his or her friends to a museum, concert, or another cultural event that welcomes children.
Tip of the Day August 22
Remain firm about your expectations as your kids grow, but expect bumps along the way. As kids change schools, go through puberty, and cope with difficulty, their enthusiasm for school and doing well can wane. Be patient but continue to have high expectations.