Let your children know that you will always be there for them, and work on building strong relationships that are characterized by warmth, boundaries, and respect.
Tip of the Day November 30
Be honest about your family’s difficulties. No family is perfect, and every family has its stressors and weaknesses. Talk about these and work through them together.
Tip of the Day November 29
Always be clear and consistent about the consequences your kids will face for varying infractions, including lying about bad behavior. Then make sure that you always follow through on those consequences.
Tip of the Day November 28
Regularly express your caring—verbally and nonverbally—to your children.
Tip of the Day November 27
Plan a simple, family service event for Thanksgiving weekend. Volunteer with your child at a nearby animal shelter, nursing home, or community center.
Tip of the Day November 26
Discuss with your kids the importance of traditions and why certain customs are important to pass down through the generations. The trick, however, is to balance meaningful traditions and new activities.
Tip of the Day November 25
Get the family together and have an “I’m grateful for” brainstorming session. Try to list as many things as you can think of that you’re grateful for. Creating a list often reminds us of how much we take for granted.
Tip of the Day November 24
Try getting kids and adults to interact more this Thanksgiving. Consider creating a different seating arrangement at your holiday table. Place a child from a different family between a different adult.
Tip of the Day November 23
Listen to your child and respect what he or she tells you.
Tip of the Day November 22
Invite your child’s friends to hang out in your home when you are there. Take time to chat with them.