Make a list of five reasons that your kids are lucky to be part of your family. Don’t show it to them; just keep it as a reminder for a day when you need a little boost in your confidence.
Tip of the Day March 4
Find one small way that you and your child can reach out to make a difference in someone else’s life.
Tip of the Day March 3
Model for your children hard work, a good attitude, and respect for others. Avoid bad-mouthing coworkers, sports teams or players, and others with whom you compare yourself or compete.
Tip of the Day March 2
Make sure children hear adults solving problems in peaceful ways—not with shouting, angry words, or hitting. If you and your child witness bullying or intimidation by adults or children, point it out, talk about it, and think of alternate ways the situation could have been handled.
Tip of the Day March 1
Show your children that you are brave enough to try again, even when you feel embarrassed.
Tip of the Day February 28
Know when to tell your children you’re sorry. Keep it honest and sincere, avoiding the temptation to soothe your own conscience by offering gifts or other indulgences unrelated to the situation.
Tip of the Day February 27
If you parent with a partner, make sure you work on keeping that relationship happy and healthy. You, your partner, and your kids will all benefit.
Tip of the Day February 26
Be the kind of person you want your child to be. Know your values and act on them; treat others the way you would like to be treated; and cut yourself some slack when appropriate.
Tip of the Day February 25
When you attend games, concerts, and performances, congratulate your child first afterward but also make it a point to say hello to other kids.
Tip of the Day February 24
Consider having activities that make your home “the place” to be. Some parents have a video-game console. Others stock their cupboards with healthy treats. Some parents enjoy hosting parties. Others like to do projects with kids. Still others put up a basketball hoop so that kids can play games together.