Work to remember what they’ve told you about certain school friends, certain likes and dislikes and their ideas for the future. These important things will come up again. When we recall previous conversations, our kids know we are listening and care about them. This is the sixth in a series about communication between you and […]
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They way we react to our kiddos babbling is what encourages them to continue communicating. They learn very early on that their sounds mean something to us and are bolstered by our reactions. This is the fifth th in a series about communication between you and your child. Why focus on communication? Brazilian educator Paulo […]
During spring break, I took a week off of work to hang out with my ten-year-old son. I have been working outside of the home full time since he was six months old. We spent our week together seeing a couple friends, rearranging his bedroom, and spring cleaning our house. We had a lot of […]
As parents, we all want to make a positive impact on our children and do our best to raise them well. The single most valuable thing you can do today as a mom or dad is to share a meal with your child. Having regular meals together five to seven times per week is critical […]
Consider taking the shortest path to bedtime. The maze of dinner eating, bath taking, tooth brushing, hair combing and story reading can be overwhelming on even the happiest of days. This may be a good evening to let my son skip a bath or not wash his hair. If it won’t make a difference tomorrow, […]
This is the first in a series about communication between you and your child. Why focus on communication? Brazilian educator Paulo Freire says it best: “Yet only through communication can human life hold meaning.” We talk to our children from birth; we spend countless hours and millions of words communicating with them over a lifetime. […]
Life is full of ups and downs. Some days, we are able to stick to the best choices for ourselves. And other days, we are muddling through and hoping for the best. Both days count towards your goals. This journey is not about perfection; it’s about making progress toward your goals. Sometimes, my progress is […]
Be available. Make sure that you have time to talk with your kids. If they ask something that needs time, make the time. Schedule a special time to talk, go out to eat or talk a walk together. These conversations matter. If they don’t get the information from you, they’ll get it somewhere.
My son started playing games around three years old. We started simply with Tic-Tac-Toe and memory match. It wasn’t long before he was beating me at memory on a regular basis. We progressed to Candyland quickly and learned colors. Then came Chutes and Ladders and counting spaces.
Don’t plan to opt out of all holiday activities simply because your children are away. Plan to be part of a larger celebration with friends or other family members. Visit your place of worship. Attend that party. Wear that ugly Christmas sweater. Put out milk and cookies for Santa. Exchange Valentine’s Day notes with your […]