Previous Tips of the Day

Tip of the Day August 2

Encourage your kids to find books that excite them. Don’t overlook types of reading that may not interest you (graphic novels, magazines). The point is to keep them reading, which promotes school success.

Tip of the Day August 1

School success starts at home. Create a homework center (an office desk, a kitchen table) where your child can do homework. Make sure that it’s stocked with enough supplies!

Tip of the Day July 31

Support out-of-school reading by getting your child a library card. (Actually, get everyone in your family a library card.) Then make it a habit to go to the library once a week to find new books.

Tip of the Day July 30

Volunteer with Special Olympics and do sports activities alongside a person with a physical challenge.

Tip of the Day July 29

In a recent, national survey, 75% of parenting adults say their teen shows or tells them that they are loved often. 83% of teens say their parent show or tells them they are loved often. Get strategies for being a better parent here.

Tip of the Day July 28

Have a back-to-school planning family meeting. Talk about your hopes and dreams for the coming year, your values and priorities (e.g., Do grades matter? Test scores? Having fun learning?), and responsibilities. Use a talking piece to be sure everyone gets a chance to hear and be heard.

Tip of the Day July 27

In a recent, national survey of parents and teens, 41% of the families reported having “just enough” money for the things they need, while 18% reported having a “hard time” buying the things they need. Get ideas for teaching kids about money management at http://www.bankit.com.

Tip of the Day July 26

Explore a nearby creek to see what aquatic life might be there. Look for flowers or birds on a nature walk and record your findings.

Tip of the Day July 25

Got bored kids? Play the games at http://www.freerice.org — score points and give food to people who are hungry.

Tip of the Day July 24

Don’t let the beginning of the school year catch you by surprise! Take inventory of clothing and school supply needs and start adjusting sleep patterns to get back into a regular routine before the night before school starts.