Previous Tips of the Day

Tip of the Day August 22

A certain level of social anxiety is normal for elementary school aged kids. Teach your child to introduce herself and make friends. If she’s older, role play various social scenarios with her—from sharing classroom supplies to encounters with older kids.

Tip of the Day August 21

Pack light—a backpack should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of the student’s body weight. Always use both shoulder straps to avoid strained muscles.

Tip of the Day August 20

Remind your teen that although ACT and SAT results are important to colleges, achievement as a well-rounded student counts just as much. Encourage a balance of extra-curricular activities and volunteer experiences.

Tip of the Day August 19

Your teen may be working hard to balance extra-curricular activities and school activities this year. Help her become a master time manager by enforcing at-home chores and family responsibilities.

Tip of the Day August 18

If your teen will be getting his driver’s license this year, take time to help him learn by taking him driving. Be supportive, clear, and direct when discussing safety on the road.

Tip of the Day August 17

If your high-school student has a job, then help him manage his money and time. Help him to create a budget, and have a savings plan.

Tip of the Day August 16

Your high school student should be thinking about her future. Listen to her, support her, and have an open mind about the endless possibilities.

Tip of the Day August 15

Emphasize how homework helps kids learn. Do homework with them. Make it fun. Applaud their learning and new knowledge.

Tip of the Day August 14

Some kids tend to either “love” school or “hate” it. If your child happens to “hate” school, help her identify parts that are more enjoyable—even if they are recess, gym, and lunch.

Tip of the Day August 13

Pre-teens can be strongly influenced by friends. If your child has friends who only want to socialize and not learn, find ways to keep your child engaged in school and learning. Continue to encourage his or her curiosity.