Previous Tips of the Day

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.

Tip of the Day January 26

Plan and prepare a meal with one of your children this week. Invite your child’s friends to join you and use our Table Time! Toolkit to make it fun >>

Tip of the Day January 24

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.

Tip of the Day January 21

Encourage your child to find adults at school who they care about and trust. Teachers. Librarians. Cooks. Aides. Volunteers. School bus drivers. They’re out there.