Start young when it comes to pitching in. Make taking care of your home together a natural part of your kids’ life from the time they are toddlers.
Ask your kids open-ended questions (rather than ones with yes/no answers) as a way of engaging them in conversation.
As families grow and change, so do family traditions. Be willing to say good-bye to cherished traditions once they no longer suit your family.
Do your kids know the difference between feelings and actions? It’s okay not to like every kid in class, but it’s not okay to treat anyone badly. Talk about the difference.
You can’t force fun and you can’t make every childhood moment perfect. If your family isn’t enjoying an activity the way you expected, look for family traditions elsewhere.
Sometimes you can replicate traditions from your childhood with your children. Sometimes you can’t. Be ready to build new memories.
Kids have big ears. They hear us talking about our friends and neighbors. Use the kind of words and tone you want your kids to use.
Help your kids build family traditions with grandparents and other older adults. We learn a lot from other generations.
Should all family activities be mandatory? Set clear expectations for when kids must be with the family and when they can be with friends.
When you see teasing and disrespect on TV and in movies, call it what it is. Talk to your kids about the language and behavior they see around them.
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