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Parenting Tips

Check out our Parenting Tips every Wednesday afternoon. For more information, call us at 1-800-660-5853.

This Week’s Parenting Tip

How we speak to our children affects how they feel about themselves and how they talk to others. Use words that are encouraging and build them up. Then listen to them encourage others! For more tips, call 1-800-660-5853, email [email protected]  or visit Parenting matters!

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Family Tips

Sleep – are your children and teens getting enough of it? We need sleep to recharge our brains. A well-rested brain can solve problems, be creative, concentrate and remember things, and make good decisions. Sleep helps us to be resilient and deal with stress better. So just how much sleep do kids and teens need?

Screen time challenge! Setting time limits on screen use is a good thing. Encourage being creative, getting outside or spending face to face time with others. What do you do to reduce screen time in your home?

For more tips on Teaching Good Screen Time Habits:

Tantrums – epic meltdowns can challenge even the calmest and most patient parent! But there is hope. Help your child learn to cope with their emotions. Try naming the emotion – “You look…upset…frustrated…”. Use calming exercises with them like blowing bubbles with younger children or taking deep breaths with older ones. For more ideas on how to help your child become happier and calmer, call 1-800-660-5853, email [email protected]

When everyone in the house helps with chores, life runs a little smoother. Toddlers and pre-schoolers often love to “help” do chores, almost as much as they enjoy making the mess! Older children and teens can be responsible for jobs on their own.

Ever wonder why children sometimes lie? Perhaps they saw someone else lie and get away with it. Maybe they are afraid of getting into trouble, or maybe they are looking for a little extra attention. Whatever the reason, it’s important to encourage our children to be honest and tell the truth. Check out some tips and strategies.

Sometimes we need to remember the good times, especially when going through a rough patch as a parent. What has your child or teenager done that made you feel FABULOUS as a parent?

Today’s families are busier than ever. Work, school, activities, chores and more all demand your time. It’s easy to miss out on spending time with your child. Think about what you can do to connect this week.

Family meals are a great time to talk with your child/teen. Play the game “One thing I enjoyed today…”. Make time for everyone to share.

It’s OK to not be perfect. Celebrate the little things today! For more tips, call 1-800-660-5853, email [email protected] or visit Parenting matters!

Spend some quality family time together out in nature! Explore your neighbourhood. Enjoy the physical and mental health benefits of being outdoors. For more ideas, call 1-800-660-5853 or visit Parenting matters!

Studies have shown that children who learn how to share are more likely to succeed later in life. So it really does matter. But it may not come naturally. There are many things you can do to encourage sharing. Let your child see you sharing with others. Have your child practice sharing with friends. Praise them when you see them sharing. Every little bit counts! For more ideas, see What if Kids Can’t Bear to Share. For more parenting strategies, call 1-800-660-5853, or email [email protected]. Parenting matters!

How you will spend Family Day? Looking for ideas? Check with your local municipality for a calendar of events for this weekend. Visit your local library. It’s a great stop for books, DVDs, museum passes and special events. For parenting tips, call 1-800-660-5853 or visit Parenting matters!

Take your parenting skills to the next level! From babies through the teenage years, there are parenting tools available. Register for the spring Triple P Parenting session.

Technology/social media, friends, school/homework, money and more can cause conflict between parents and teens. Sometimes the key to dealing with conflict is learning to listen. Stay calm, and listen to what your teen has to say. Try not to react emotionally. This can pave the way to a real conversation, where you both feel like you are being heard. Check out this blog post for more information.

Positive parenting means talking with your teenager about expectations. Be consistent. Praise your teen when they do things you like. Role model positive ways to manage emotions.

Mom! Mom! Mom! Mom! Does this sound familiar? Being interrupted by a child is pretty common. Try to plan ahead for those times when you know you will be busy (i.e., making a meal). Have a variety of activities for your child to do on their own. Teach your child a special signal to use when they want something, like a hand squeeze. By squeezing back, your child knows they were “heard” and need to wait. How do you deal with interruptions? For more ideas, call 1-800-660-5853, email [email protected]

Being afraid of something is a common experience for many children. There are lots of ways parents can help their children when they are afraid. Some fears can be dealt with easily, while others may take more time.

Are you feeling like it’s time to start toilet training your child? Wondering if they are ready for it? Looking for tips on making the process go smoothly? Triple P can help you find the answers you are looking for!

“Will you play with me?” Kids love to play, but parents are busy! Even just a few minutes of playing together helps you to share fun time and build stronger relationships. What will you play today?

Realistic Expectations

Want your child or teenager to be their best self? Strong family relationships are important for their success in school and in life. Stay connected!

Positive parenting includes being realistic. Children are not perfect and not all children can do the same things at the same age. Be aware of what your child can and cannot do.

Trouble getting out the door on time? The key is to be organized. Set ground rules. Put a routine in place. It will be much easier if everyone knows what they need to do to get ready.

Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. Talk to your child or teen about how they’re feeling. They may need someone to listen.

Families matter! Grade 7/8/9 can be a big change. New challenges. New friends. New worries. Help your youth prepare for these changes. Stay involved!

Positive parenting means being realistic in what you expect. Teenagers are still learning and will make mistakes. That’s OK. Add to their responsibilities as they become more independent.

It’s NOT FAIR! I wanted the BLUE ONE! Not what you want to hear on Christmas Day? How can you help kids learn to be gracious gift-recipients?

Shopping with a child can be fun or a total disaster. It can help to bring activities, keep the trip short, and shop when your child is not hungry or tired.

General Parenting Tips

Positive parenting includes taking care of yourself. When you look after your own needs, you will be calmer. Do something you enjoy and ask for help when you need it. For more tips, call 1-800-660-5853 or visit Parenting matters!

Is your parenting glass half full or half empty? Seeing the positive in your child or teenager is powerful.

Be aware of the messages you model as a parent. Actively decide to lead by example. Think about what you say and do in front of your children. You are their greatest teacher.

Whining – it can drive a parent crazy! Children may whine if they are uncomfortable, to get attention, or if they don’t have the words to say what they need. But it doesn’t have to continue. Email or call us for tip or strategies.

Positive parenting includes setting clear rules and backing them up. Have rules that tell your child what to do. Praise when they are doing things you like. Deal with problems quickly.

Looking to do something inside with your kids? Try building DIY games together.

Tips for Creating a Positive Learning Environment

When your child/teen comes to you, stop what you’re doing and pay attention. Quality time only takes a few minutes throughout the day but has a big impact on their self-esteem.

Problem solving is a skill. How do we teach it to our children? Check out these tips on how to teach kids how to problem solve!

The screen time dilemma. It’s important to set limits as a family. Balance screen time with other activities like playing, reading and talking with friends.

Positive parenting means helping your teenager learn to be independent. Be available. Help your teen problem-solve, instead of fixing things for them. Use praise to encourage your teen.

Communication Tips

How we speak to our children affects how they feel about themselves and how they talk to others. Use words that are encouraging and build them up. Then listen to them encourage others!

When you see your child/teen doing what you’ve asked, praise them for it. Commenting on behaviour that you like will increase the chances that it will happen again!

Connect with your kids each day. Find out how their day went at your family meal time or bedtime. Share something positive from your day.

Parents, are you prepared for the teen years? Every parent needs a helping hand along the way. For tips on parenting teens, call 1-800-660-5853 or sign up for one of our Triple P Teen Seminars.

How well do you listen to your teen? Start a conversation that they are interested in. Listen to their opinions.

Positive parenting includes helping your child learn. When your child needs your help, stop what you are doing. Listen to them. Provide just enough help for them to solve the problem.

Back to School Tips

How can a routine help with the back to school jitters? Routines let a child know what to expect – and that helps them feel safe. A morning routine can help kids get to school without feeling frazzled, and an evening routine can help them recharge for the next day. For more ideas, check out the upcoming article in the September/October issue of Backpack.

Take your parenting skills to the next level! From babies through the teenage years, there are parenting tools available. Register for the fall Triple P Parenting sessions.

Back to school already? Want your kids to do well? Here are some things to consider.

Help your children prepare for the new school year. Involve them in picking out items for school. Visit their classroom, meet their teacher and talk with them about what to expect.

Positive parenting means making life safe and engaging for your teenager. Home should feel like a safe place. Help them develop their skills and ideas. Know where your teenager is, who they are with and what they are doing.

Summer Holiday Tips

Looking for a fun activity to do with your child this summer? Join us at the Sprinkler Party in Mississippi Mills on August 15 and Touch a Truck in Brockville on August 24 at St. Lawrence College (2288 Parkedale Avenue) from 10:00am–2:00pm.

Consider a screen-free holiday this summer with the family! Take time to play! Learn more about being screen-free.

Beat the “I’m bored” this summer. Make a bucket list with your kids. Aim for at least half of the ideas to be free! Put the list where all can see it.

Positive parenting includes making life safe and fun for your child. A bored child may get into trouble. Have lots of fun things for them to do. Make sure your home is safe for play.

Get outside this summer as a family! Find time to be active together. Enjoy a bike ride, go to the park or cool off with a swim.