Encourage your child to step out of her comfort zone. It can be as simple as trying a new ethnic cuisine or trying indoor rock-climbing to conquer a fear of heights.
Tip of the Day September 15
Learn one Spanish word each day for National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15 – Oct 15, 2012).
Tip of the Day September 14
Give kids room to make and realize their mistakes. Preventing them from learning from mistakes will build a sense of false security and diminish their ability to manage disappointment.
Tip of the Day September 13
Don’t give false praise. Be authentic, but kind. Kids can tell when adults are being fake or insincere.
Tip of the Day September 12
Support your child’s interests and seek out opportunities for them to develop their talents. As they grow older, it may help them make important decisions and life choices, including choices when furthering their education or choosing a profession.
Tip of the Day September 11
Empower your child! Listen to his or her ideas and provide appropriate opportunities for your child to participate in decision-making. Being permitted to have a voice in family decisions, or to express an opinion even when the decision is someone else’s will build your child’s confidence that they matter.
Tip of the Day September 10
Build your child’s awareness of the rest of the world and the differences in it by providing opportunities for him to be exposed to people, ideas and interests different than his own.
Tip of the Day September 9
Think before you speak. Try never to make offhand negative comments (“You’re so lazy!”) as they can have long-term effects on your child’s self image.
Tip of the Day September 8
Foster a strong work ethic. Encourage your kids to do their best at every task they undertake, no matter how small, no matter how “unimportant”.
Tip of the Day September 7
Educate yourself about the issues your kids face. Some of the issues and dilemmas that kids have today simply were not present when you were their age. Knowing what they are up against will help you develop your own strategies for helping them cope and make decisions in an increasingly complex world.