Previous Tips of the Day

Tip of the Day January 4

Notice what your child’s friends are doing right. Talk about the good ways friends influence each other. Find out more ways to be involved in your child’s peer relationships (without being controlling) >>

Tip of the Day January 3

Find out what your child looks forward to the most about getting older.

Tip of the Day January 2

We are not meant to raise children without some help. Help your children connect with other positive adults who can mentor them and assist them as they grow up.

Tip of the Day January 1

Ask your kids about their hopes and dreams for the new year. If they are reluctant to talk, ask open-ended questions, such as “Is there anything you’d like to change about the coming year?” or “What’s one thing you’re looking forward to this year?”

Tip of the Day December 31

Celebrate Make Up Your Mind Day (December 31) by inviting everyone in your family to talk about one decision they want and need to make. If appropriate, encourage all to make those decisions today.

Tip of the Day December 30

Invite your family into a “safe” zone at home to talk about any ongoing issue troubling you or your children (such as a disagreement or power struggle). Agree to all try your best to speak kindly and respectfully and to really listen to each other.

Tip of the Day December 29

Make a time capsule with your children for the coming year. Include a list of predictions about the world, your family and friends, and yourselves. Save your predictions (and any special items) in a safe place. Share your lists and ideas at your next New Year’s Eve celebration!

Tip of the Day December 28

Plan a New Year’s celebration with other families. Try spending time outside (walking, ice-skating, watching fireworks, or playing games) to work off excess energy and excitement, and then invite everyone in for a potluck meal or special treats.

Tip of the Day December 27

Visit the library and check out craft or project books. Together, do something your child picks out of a book.

Tip of the Day December 26

Whether it’s going outside, going to the movies, or visiting a museum or zoo, find places to take kids to make the winter break more interesting.