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.
Tip of the Day February 5
Remind your children to treat others the way they wish to be treated. Acknowledge that this is especially difficult when others are being rude, disrespectful, or mean. Talk about when it’s important to stand up for yourself, and when it’s best to just walk away.
Tip of the Day February 4
If you are the parent of a young child, break new tasks and skills into small, manageable steps that he or she can master without becoming too frustrated.