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.