It is hard to believe November is already here. As the fall leaves are quickly blowing away, here are five tips that help kids be successful in school and in life. Give them a try and see how things go for your children.
Eat dinner together
Encourage your kids to sleep (8-10 hours a night)
Limit screen time (45-minute doses or one movie; no phone by the bed at night)
Practice boundaries by sharing your expectations (and stick with them)
Expect them to be at school every day (but not if feverish or throwing up)
To read about the evidence behind these five tips and why they work, please click here.
What’s important to you?
Our survey to find out what parenting issues are important to you will continue to be open for suggestions from you. If you haven’t responded yet, we would love it if you could tell us what you are needing help with or would like to know more about. We are working to find resources to help us all with parenting issues, but we only want to find resources for what you need. Some of the many suggestions coming in so far include internet safety, academic support, anxiety, finding balance, creating boundaries, picky eaters, communicating with my teen, health, social media, and distractibility. If you have topics that you would like support on, please consider letting us know by clicking here.
New for 2019 is our focus on partnering with parents. In thinking about parenting, I find it strange that we had to study, practice, take (and pass!) a test in order to get a driver's license, but no one really told us how to be a parent, let alone a good parent.
We are putting together materials and supports for families, but we need your help for how best to do that. What works best for you? When works best for you? How about these:
Quick tips done through text?
We want to support parents in ways that make the most sense. As a parent, I know that parenting can be exhausting–at any age! So, if nothing else, it would be great to know how some parents are getting a good night's sleep? Or, when was the last time you heard a "please" and "thank you?"