Create family traditions for the whole year. Consider monthly focuses to keep it fresh. January might have weekly board game nights. February might be the month you agree to listen to each family member’s favorite songs. March might be the month you get outside and explore nature.
Tip of the Day January 2
Compile a list of needs your children see in the community. Brainstorm ways that your family can help meet the needs. Pick ones to focus on for the upcoming year and serve together as a family.
Tip of the Day January 1
For New Year’s, have a family meal or game time. Go around the group, letting each person share one favorite memory from the past year and one struggle he overcame. Go again and let everyone share one goal for the new year.
Tip of the Day December 31
Support kids in their interests and passions.
Tip of the Day December 30
Teach your kids that the world revolves around all people—not just them.
Tip of the Day December 29
Insist that your kids wear warm clothes outside in cold weather.
Tip of the Day December 28
When you tell your child the rules, explain why. Kids are more likely to follow the rules when they make sense to them.
Tip of the Day December 27
When you drop off your child at a friend’s house, stop in and say hello to the parents. Get to know the parents.
Tip of the Day December 26
Set time limits for doing electronics so that kids can get physical activity. (If they don’t want to move, then they’re done with electronics for the day.)
Tip of the Day December 25
Consider attending a religious community to introduce your kids to people of many ages and to teach them positive values.