Keep an open line of communication with your kid’s teachers. Make sure they hear from you when things are going well, not just when there’s a problem.
Tip of the Day May 3
As they say in Ratatouille, “Anyone can cook!” Planning and preparing meals are important life skills that even elementary-age kids can learn.
Tip of the Day May 2
When you see kids teasing or disrespecting each other, speak up. A simple, “We don’t talk to each other that way” can change kids’ lives.
Tip of the Day May 1
Set a fun family goal for May: Try 31 new foods. Or learn 31 new words. Or find 31 new knock-knock jokes.
Tip of the Day April 30
Help your child learn to use humor to combat teasing. When a classmate says something mean, saying something goofy can often defuse the tension.
Tip of the Day April 29
What movies, video games, and TV shows can you think of that have themes about bullying? What happens to the bully and what happens to the victim? Share your thoughts with your kids and ask for their ideas and opinions.
Tip of the Day April 28
Help your child block cyberbullies on their phone and social media accounts. Report inappropriate messages to your service provider; report threats to law enforcement officials.
Tip of the Day April 27
Use books to talk to your kids about bullying. Two good ones: Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell and Confessions of a Former Bully by Trudy Ludwig.
Tip of the Day April 26
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?