When behaviors drive you crazy, give yourself grace. Seek out the wisdom of other parents you admire, try new strategies, and remember: parenting well comes from experience, patience, and positive guidance.
Tip of the Day January 12
Emphasize what the right way is to respond in various situations. When misbehavior happens, say, “This isn’t right. The right way to do this is by . . . “ Once they know right from wrong, and choose the wrong, then discipline.
Tip of the Day January 11
Find out what makes your child light up with joy. Help her get involved in activities that are fun, interactive, and rewarding.
Tip of the Day January 10
Capture in words or photos the moments of your life with your child. Record them. Keep them and share them at the end of the year.
Tip of the Day January 9
Figure out your child’s particular sparks and pair them up with a trusted adult who shares the same interest and passion.
Tip of the Day January 8
Laugh and be silly! Nothing feeds the family bond like goofball time. Read comic strips, play pretend, play games, sing out loud—it’s the small things that hold us together.
Tip of the Day January 7
Make a point to spend one-on-one time with your children throughout the week. Consider a “date night” with each child individually on a regular basis.
Tip of the Day January 6
Activity: Make a “goalie box” from a cardboard box. Have each family member write down a goal on a piece of paper. Taking turns, share the goal, wad it up and flick the “soccer ball” with your fingers into the goalie box. Store all the goals in the box. Revisit as desired.
Tip of the Day January 5
Together, create a list of your family’s favorite healthy snacks and meals. Work to integrate these into your regular eating habits to stay healthy.
Tip of the Day January 4
Find out one thing that your child wants to learn how to do. Help him find the resources to explore it: websites, books, field trips, and other caring adults who share that interest.