As early as preschool, kids are able to distinguish differences between themselves and others. This is normal development, but help children to also notice the things they have in common. “Yes, that man’s in a wheelchair, but he likes to wear baseball caps just like you do.”
Tip of the Day April 25
Help your kids troubleshoot tricky social situations by playing the “what if” game: What if some kids were gossiping about you? What if you hurt someone’s feelings? What if saw someone else being picked on?
Social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook may give kids the impression that it’s okay to say anything that’s on their mind at any time, without any filtering. Counter this with messages that promote thinking before you speak.
Tip of the Day April 22
Who are your child’s heroes? Teachers, coaches, sports figures, entertainers, family members? Ask your child to describe the qualities that make someone a hero and share some of your heroes.
Tip of the Day April 21
If your child is being bullied, don’t minimize or rationalize the situation. Instead give her messages of “I hear you and I’m on your side.”
Tip of the Day April 20
Teach your kids that reality TV is not real. When kids see real housewives throwing chairs or dance moms in screaming fights, it’s easy to think that those things are normal. If you see people on screen acting in a way that you would not allow in your own home, turn the channel.
Tip of the Day April 19
Show your support for people with autism by wearing the Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon on your shirt, on your car, or posting it on your Facebook profile.
Tip of the Day April 18
Teach kids that there are three things we can do with money: spend it, save it, or share it. Help your kids create Spend-It, Save-It, and Share-It banks and help them keep track of how much they are contributing to each. Get more ideas in our webinar today >
Tip of the Day April 17
When you’re grocery shopping with your kids, explain why you’re choosing certain items over others. They may not get the full gist of comparison shopping, but they’ll certainly pick up that you’re taking the time to shop carefully.