Discover and discuss sparks with your family. Ask yourself these questions as you look for clues about your children’s sparks: What is the activity you have to make them stop doing to get them to eat or go to sleep? What activity are they doing when they seem most engaged and alive?
Tip of the Day September 28
Strengthen your family relationships: Have fun together! Do activities that make you laugh and enjoy being together. Some families play sports together. Others tell jokes. Others have special nights for watching movies or playing board games.
Tip of the Day September 27
Model acceptance and openness. Create an “open door” policy at home. Open your doors to multiple people from different walks of life. When your child sees that you are okay with people who are different from you, and that you are willing to learn from them, it sends a message of acceptance and tolerance.
Tip of the Day September 26
Strengthen your family relationships: Designate a regular family time as part of your routine. Some families have a weekly family night. Others have a monthly family outing. Others have a daily family check-in during dinner or before bed. Figure out a routine that works for you and your family.
Tip of the Day September 25
Nurture your family’s physical health by finding ways to get physically active together. Take hikes in the woods, go canoeing, ride your bikes, or find some other physical activity you enjoy doing together.
Tip of the Day September 24
Practice persistence. Ask your child, “Think of an activity that required you to do lots of practice before you got good at it. Why did you stick to that task?”
Tip of the Day September 23
“In spite of the six thousand parenting manuals in the bookstores, child raising is still a dark continent and no one really knows anything. You just need a lot of love and luck—and, of course, courage.” – Bill Cosby
Tip of the Day September 22
Today is the first day of autumn! Take a little time with your kids to look back — what were the best parts of your summer? — and forward to what your family would like to do this fall. Maybe even get out a chalkboard to record your ideas.
Tip of the Day September 21
Teach kids to stay curious and to show interest in other cultures. For example, when meeting someone new you could ask, “Where does your family come from? What is your heritage?” Or when asking how to pronounce a name, you can follow up with asking if their name has a story or meaning.
Tip of the Day September 20
Establish a family growth mindset. Nurture your family’s physical well being by making it a point to have one healthy meal together each day.