Discuss what you’re reading on the Internet. Many teenagers do a lot of reading online. Their reading may not be in book format, but they’re learning all kinds of things. Ask which topics interest them and why.
Tip of the Day May 27
Model thinking ahead and thinking on your feet. Children are always watching you, and they’ll learn how to prepare and deal with last-minute demands by the way you handle them.
Tip of the Day May 26
Consider having a playful summer reading competition. See who can read the most books first, but avoid setting up a stiff competition where your child may want to skim books instead of reading. At the end of the summer, reward the winner with a trip for ice cream or a $5 gift certificate to his or her favorite store.
Tip of the Day May 25
Be available when children have questions, but don’t be an “answer person.” Ask more questions to get children thinking or guide them to resources that will help them learn more.
Tip of the Day May 24
Encourage your children to try both team activities (such as chess club or sports) and individual activities (such as music lessons, swimming, or art).
Tip of the Day May 23
Find challenging and stimulating summer service projects for kids. Many congregations offer mission projects where kids take a trip to help others, doing things like painting, repairing homes, and so on. Habitat for Humanity allows kids who are ages 13 and up to volunteer.
Tip of the Day May 22
Make sure that childcare settings provide a warm, nurturing environment, with age-appropriate toys and equipment. If you have any concerns, talk with the director or supervisor.
Tip of the Day May 21
Point out to your children that in any situation not making a choice is making a choice—it’s choosing not to choose. Explain how this gives someone else the power to determine what happens next.
Tip of the Day May 20
Teach your child to take all aspects of school seriously. That includes learning in the classroom and taking tests.
Tip of the Day May 19
Have fun while you learn something new together this summer! Sign up for a family activity through your parks and recreation department, community education program, or nature center.