Ask for your kids input on family decisions large and small.
Tip of the Day June 18
When kids share feelings, let them know you are listening rather than trying to “fix” things. Simple statements such as, “That sounds difficult,” or “You seem very excited,” can be exactly what they need sometimes.
Tip of the Day June 17
Remember that touch, both loving and not, is a form of communication. Do you hug your kids, put your hand on their shoulders when speaking to them, put your arm around them when they are feeling down?
Tip of the Day June 16
Pay attention to the tone of voice you use with your kids; it can say as much as your words.
Tip of the Day June 15
Never dismiss your child’s feelings.
Tip of the Day June 14
Give specific positive feedback when your kids show courage.
Tip of the Day June 13
When you have a disagreement, be sure to invite your child to share her or his point of view.
Tip of the Day June 12
If your child tells you something in confidence, keep it in confidence unless you fear doing so could cause harm.
Tip of the Day June 11
Declare your home a “snark-free zone” where bad-mouthing others is off-limits.
Tip of the Day June 10
Go on walks as a family and talk about whatever comes to mind.