Dig out a favorite children’s book and read it with your child. There are always lessons to be learned.
Cut out 14 small hearts. Write a reason you love your child on one each day. On Valentine’s Day, tape them together to make a chain of hearts.
Adolescents can be very critical. Praise your child when he is kind.
Spend 20 minutes on DEAR time today (Drop Everything And Read).
Encourage your child to write a thank-you note to a teacher or coach who has been a positive influence.
Try to remember your life as a student. It can help you relate to your child.
As a family, decide on a household rule and the consequences for breaking it.
Thank your child for doing something.
Ask about your child’s most challenging school subject. Together, brainstorm strategies to make it easier.
Admit it and apologize to your child when you’re wrong. This is a skill your child can learn that will serve them well in the future.
Ask your child to tell you about this week’s assignments.
Have your child teach you something he or she is learning, such as a science skill.
“Because I said so!” is frustrating to hear. Explain your reasoning when possible.
Help your child consider possible consequences before making a decision.
Talk to your child about social media. Make it clear that people should never say or do anything online that they wouldn’t in real life.
Share a study strategy, such as doing one more quick review of material right before bed.
Try to have a rhyming conversation with your child. It may be tough at first, but you’ll both get better!
Encourage your child to find out when teachers are available to give extra help.
Encourage your child to ask at least one question in each of her classes regularly.
Have your child spend 10 minutes at night getting ready for the next day. Mornings will be calmer.