Notice when a family member withdraws. Give the person space—but work to keep them connected and supported.
Tip of the Day January 29
Make a family “business card” for your household. Include contact information and a message about how you’d like to connect (gardening, going for walks, etc.). Give one to every family in your neighborhood.
Tip of the Day January 28
Use Facebook, Twitter, and other social-networking platforms to communicate with kids in genuine ways. A word of encouragement is worth a lot in any medium.
Tip of the Day January 27
Sometimes tensions can arise between parents and mentors when a child or teen feels a strong attachment to the mentor. Be proactive in checking in regularly with other caring adults so that you agree on expectations and hopes.
Contact your child’s school to find out if they need chaperones or volunteers for special events.
Tip of the Day January 23
Organize informal weekend or evening activities (such as pickup basketball games, horseshoes, build-your-own-sundae parties, Monopoly contests) with your kids, nearby relatives, and kids in your neighborhood.
Tip of the Day January 22
Text a message of encouragement or a simple “Good Morning! I hope you have a wonderful day!” to your child and do it often. If you don’t know how to text, ask your child to teach you how.
Tip of the Day January 21
Encourage your child to find adults at school who they care about and trust. Teachers. Librarians. Cooks. Aides. Volunteers. School bus drivers. They’re out there.
Tip of the Day January 20
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, talk to your kids about what integrity means, and what it means to stand up for your own values.