Support and encourage the sparks of your kids—and other people’s kids. Some people do this by becoming an assistant coach, a club leader, or just by asking kids how their sparks are going when they see them.
Tip of the Day October 3
Ask adults at school about opportunities for you to become involved in school events or after-school programming. Your participation signals to your child that school matters.
Tip of the Day October 2
Keep looking for that passionate “spark” that engages your child. Caring for the environment, supporting service projects, joining a youth council, or taking apart engines—whatever it is, support your child’s enthusiasm any way you can.
Tip of the Day October 1
Strengthen family relationships: Talk about how bad things happen to people. Every person, at some point in life, will struggle with a difficult situation. What matters is how you react and work through the difficulty.
Tip of the Day September 30
“Saying yes too often creates a pattern for which there is no end.” – Dr. David Walsh, author and parenting expert
Tip of the Day September 29
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.