Help kids develop affinity groups outside of family. Healthy and positive bonds outside of the family are important for all developmental stages. Pay attention to your kids’ interests, and seek out opportunities to help them join or create their own “communities” based on shared interests and passions.
Tip of the Day September 24
Encourage your pre-teens and teens to be independent thinkers. While your values and rules are important, giving your kids the room to develop and express their ideas will not only build their confidence, but will make them less susceptible to peer pressure and undue influence.
Tip of the Day September 23
Find a song or jingle in Spanish and learn to sing it with your toddler.
Tip of the Day September 22
Discuss the reason(s) behind certain consequences or punishments with your child. If the punishment itself is beyond your child’s capacity to understand, then the punishment probably won’t be very effective.
Tip of the Day September 21
Pick a flag from a Spanish-speaking nation for your child to draw/color. Teach them a fact about the country as they complete their project. Display their work around your home.
Tip of the Day September 20
Decision-making in the 21st century happens faster than ever before, and new moral and ethical dilemmas we never considered seem to arise almost daily. Teaching kids values like kindness, compassion, empathy, and integrity is giving them a foundation on which to stand when you aren’t around.
Tip of the Day September 19
Challenge your kid(s) to research and share during mealtime an interesting fact about Hispanic heritage or culture in America. And when they do share, ask questions and engage them in conversation about what they learned.
Tip of the Day September 18
Express an interest in your child’s friends and social life. Having the people outside of family who are important to them acknowledged, will remind your kids that they are important to you.
Tip of the Day September 17
Attend a local fair or festival to expose your kids to the richness and diversity of Hispanic cultures in America during National Hispanic Heritage Month.
Tip of the Day September 16
Encourage your child to step out of her comfort zone. It can be as simple as trying a new ethnic cuisine or trying indoor rock-climbing to conquer a fear of heights.