Previous Tips of the Day

Tip of the Day June 10

Go on walks as a family and talk about whatever comes to mind.

Tip of the Day June 9

Use lots of different means to write your kids notes telling what you appreciate about them: Facebook, texts, post-its on a mirror, and more.

Tip of the Day June 8

Sometimes sit or lie down with your child at night and reflect on the day.

Tip of the Day June 7

Write down the funny or wonderful things your kids do and tell them those stories later on.

Tip of the Day June 6

When speaking with and listening to small children, lower yourself or bring them up so you are at their eye level.

Tip of the Day June 5

When communicating with your child, focus on her or him, not on your phone, computer, or any other distraction. They’ll notice if you don’t.

Tip of the Day June 4

Create traditions that involve communication, such as talking over the day’s highs and lows at mealtime. Over time, these little connections will build a strong bond.

Tip of the Day June 3

Offer kids encouragement (“That looks fun,” “I can tell you are interested in that”) more than praise (“Good job,” “You’re so smart”). It encourages them to grow.

Tip of the Day June 2

If you only tell your children the behavior you don’t want from them, they’ll never know what you do want. Be clear about your expectations.

Tip of the Day June 1

Pay attention to how your child communicates with friends (texts, emails, phone) and try it out yourself. You might find it makes connecting a little easier.