Everyday Parenting Tips

The little actions you take every day add up, helping kids grow to be confident and responsible.

Ask for your child’s opinion. Kids develop opinions very early; ask them what they are, ask them why, listen to their responses. It doesn’t mean you have to give in to those opinions, just that you should respect them.

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Tip of the Day April 30

Encourage your kids to walk in another’s shoes. Respect and esteem for others goes hand-in-hand with self-esteem.

Tip of the Day April 29

Help your kids problem-solve when appropriate, but don’t always solve their problems for them. Some issues definitely require adult intervention, but others only require good advice. Resist the urge to hand your child a solution. Instead, ask him if he needs your help deciding what to do and then share your views.

Tip of the Day April 28

Always acknowledge a job well done. Even if you’ve set an expectation of high performance for your kids, telling them they did a good job helps motivate them to maintain those standards.

Tip of the Day April 27

If you get angry, explain why you’re angry. And don’t just give negative feedback, explain it: “This disappoints me because I know you can do a much better job.”

Tip of the Day April 24

Sometimes tweens and teens need to talk through problems and seek advice from people other than mom or dad. While you don’t want to encourage secretiveness, try to make sure that your child has other caring, responsible adults in his or her life to talk to.