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How to develop trust with your kids

Many of us have it backwards. With our kids, we emphasize talking rather than listening. We believe that good parenting means explaining, reminding, correcting, admonishing, instructing — it's no wonder a lot more words come out of our mouths than theirs. In time, all our gab tends to turn them off. By adolescence, many tune us out.

Teach Your Kids to Embrace and Learn from Failure

Mistakes? It's an inevitable part of the learning process — errors on homework, on tests, on the answers kids give when called on in class.

Some Summer Boredom Is Actually Good for Your Kids

Boredom? Rather than something to be avoided at all costs, try thinking of boredom as the prelude to creativity. When children sit around with nothing particular to do — "Mom, I'm bored!" — and Mom resists the impulse to rescue them, they're challenged to use their imaginations and find ways to creatively pass the time. What better opportunity than summer to exercise this important capacity?

Benefits of Letting Your Kids Watch You and Your Partner Argue

If the thought of the kids sitting ringside when you and your partner go at it leaves you horrified, it's time to brush up on your fair fighting skills.

Ask Your Kids to Do Housework - It'll Pay Off

Research published in the Journal of Developmental Psychology (December, 2009) reveals that kids who spent more time doing household jobs reported greater levels of happiness than kids who spent less.

Beware How TV Is Affecting Your Children's Minds

Research out of the University of Michigan and reported in the March 2006 issue of The Journal of Research on Adolescence found that adolescents who use TV for companionship (as a substitute for friends) are far more likely to accept uncritically the dominant messages that they see on the screen, as compared to adolescents who turn to television as just a fun way to pass the time.

Co-parenting - How to Do It Right

If you're living with a spouse (and kids) under one roof, you're co-parenting. If you're divorced and both you and your ex are involved in the children's lives, you're co-parenting. IIf you're raising a child together with someone you may never have been married to — whether you're living together or apart — you're co-parenting. Research out of Ohio State University found that supportive co-parenting contributed to children being better able to regulate their behavior…

Ways to Nurture a Growth Mindset in Your Child

Decades of research by Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, PhD, has shed light on why some people persist in the face of apparent failure while others throw in the towel (or filament, as the case may be).