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.
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 >>