Previous Tips of the Day

Tip of the Day December 28

Be consistent with the boundaries you set and what you do when they’re violated. Kids are quick to pick up on rules that you don’t enforce.

Tip of the Day December 27

Notice and comment when your child does something well. Be specific.

Tip of the Day December 26

Let your child earn more freedoms as he or she shows more responsibility.

Tip of the Day December 25

Thank the adults who take an active interest in your child.

Tip of the Day December 24

If you don’t live with your child’s other parent, remember that it can be particularly stressful for your child when he or she is splitting holiday time between parents. Be sensitive to that and make it as easy as possible for your child to enjoy time with both parents.

Tip of the Day December 23

Help children understand that some rules change as brothers and sisters reach different ages.

Tip of the Day December 22

When you gather with family and friends for a holiday meal, put your child in charge of entertainment.

Tip of the Day December 21

Make boundaries positive, simple, and within reason.

Tip of the Day December 20

As much as possible, continue traditions started when your children were younger. Though they are growing and changing, it’s important for them to trust that there is continuity and consistency in life.

Tip of the Day December 19

Remind your child that it’s okay to fail sometimes. Failure is an opportunity to learn about oneself and succeed in the future.