Praise your child for using a positive decision-making process, such as listing the pros and cons of a set of choices.
Tip of the Day October 10
Continue to emphasize the importance of practicing and sticking with things, even when they get hard or boring. For example, tell your child she needs to practice her instrument 30 minutes a day before she can have computer or friend time.
Tip of the Day October 9
Never blame your child for being bullied. Instead, empathize, explaining that bullying is always wrong, that it’s not your child’s fault, and that you are glad she or he had the courage to tell you about it.
Tip of the Day October 8
Research has found that kids who are involved with things they find inherently interesting, whether it’s schoolwork or hobbies, take failure better and keep working longer during difficulties than kids who do things for rewards, like money or prizes. Learn more in our webinar today >>
Tip of the Day October 7
If kids want to quit an activity, talk about their feelings and why they feel the way they do. Affirm their feelings but also teach kids that it’s important to stick with things, even if it’s for only a few more sessions.
Tip of the Day October 6
Watch what activities your kids gravitate toward to pick up some clues about possible sparks. Some children will enjoy sampling lots of activities. Others may find comfort in repeating familiar ones. That can be another clue to their preferences.
Tip of the Day October 5
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Let your child know you take bullying seriously. If your child approaches you about a possible bullying situation, listen and determine whether she or he just needs to “talk through” it or whether you need to get involved. Trust your instincts. Learn how to recognize bullying here >>
Tip of the Day October 4
Support and encourage the sparks of your kids—and other people’s kids. Some people do this by becoming an assistant coach, a club leader, or just by asking kids how their sparks are going when they see them.
Tip of the Day October 3
Ask adults at school about opportunities for you to become involved in school events or after-school programming. Your participation signals to your child that school matters.
Tip of the Day October 2
Keep looking for that passionate “spark” that engages your child. Caring for the environment, supporting service projects, joining a youth council, or taking apart engines—whatever it is, support your child’s enthusiasm any way you can.