When your children behave in highly emotional ways, try to stay calm. Often they will follow your lead.
Tip of the Day February 14
Find lots of ways to show your family members that you love them: leave notes where they will find them, do a chore that isn’t your responsibility, give hugs, be kind to one another.
Tip of the Day February 13
Tell your kids what’s special about them and that your love for them will never end. Some parents think children just know these things. They won’t, unless they hear it directly from you.
Tip of the Day February 12
When your child interrupts you, try to remain patient. Use the opportunity to talk about communication and courtesy.
Tip of the Day February 11
When you and your child disagree, be respectful and let her or him know it’s okay for people in families to have different opinions and that you still care.
Tip of the Day February 10
Help your child learn to brainstorm and choose solutions to problems so that he or she learns to be empowered.
Tip of the Day February 9
Teach your children to balance their time so they gradually learn how to avoid getting too busy or too bored. For example, you could show a child how to use a calendar or planner to keep track of activities.
Tip of the Day February 8
You have a direct role in supporting your children and facilitating positive family communication.
Tip of the Day February 7
Renegotiate rules regularly with teenagers to be sure that the rules are developmentally appropriate and consistently and fairly enforced.
Tip of the Day February 6
Spend focused, one-on-one time—even if it’s only a few minutes—with each of your children every day.