Encourage an older sibling to mentor a younger sibling in something they know how to, like reading, learning left from right, or basic math. Compliment their work together, both learning and teaching.
Tip of the Day September 23
If you are angry or frustrated with your child try lowering your voice—speak quietly and slowly and in a quiet place. Lowering your temperature will help lower theirs.
Tip of the Day September 22
Even though disagreements are not fun (and can make your life more difficult), they mean that you’re raising a child who can make his or her own decisions.
Tip of the Day September 21
Banish pessimistic phrases from your home. Instead of kids saying, “I can’t do it,” have them say, “I’ll figure out how to do it” and “I can do it.”
Tip of the Day September 20
Keep a sense of humor about parenting.
Tip of the Day September 19
Whenever you feel like you’re saying the same thing over and over, stop. What isn’t changing? What could you do differently so that you don’t feel like you’re in a rut?
Tip of the Day September 18
Greet your children’s friends when you see them, using the name or nickname they prefer. Ask how they’re doing.
Tip of the Day September 17
Don’t let anyone in your family (including you) watch too much television. Encourage your children to spend their time doing interesting and meaningful activities—some with you, some with their friends, some by themselves.
Tip of the Day September 16
If you tell your child there will be a specific consequence for a certain behavior, be prepared to follow through. Empty threats will teach your child that you “don’t really mean it” when you set boundaries.
Tip of the Day September 15
Help your child set daily homework goals and suggest a comfortable location where studying will be easier.