For the Parents

On this page you will find Tam’s Tip o’ the Week – handy dandy ideas for parents and grandparents (and others) to make your homelife easier. These hints are gleaned from MANY sources: books, websites, personal experience, and people. Lots of people. Sources will be noted whenever possible.

This week’s tip:

October 9, 2016
Remembering back to the days when my kids wouldn’t eat, and now with a grandson who makes the same choices, here’s one that may be helpful for some of you — Put healthy foods on the table, and then don’t worry how much your child does or doesn’t eat, says Dr. David Hill of Wilmington, North Carolina. “We know parents who try to impose overly restrictive diets on overweight children, and they end up with children with even worse weight problems. And parents who pressure underweight children to eat more end up with kids who actually eat less. As long as the options are good, children do best when allowed to pick what they want to eat.” [http://www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoolers/health/what-doctors-wish-parents-of-toddlers-knew/]

  • September 25, 2016
    Now that the kids are back in school, remember how valuable your presence is in their daily lives and activities. They love to have you there for special school events, in the classroom as they’re learning, for field trips, and at their after school clubs and games. Discuss with them (and their teachers and group leaders) a reasonable schedule of involvement, what everyone’s expectations might be, and work to keep a good balance. Remember, juggling schedules is never easy, but it’s always worthwhile. 
  • October 2, 2016
    “Why?” is a frequent question with little ones. It may seem like a constant challenge that just escalates over the years. Remember that your kids are learning, even in the midst of the challenges, and they learn more from clear answers. “Because I said so,” may not teach your child all that you wish in order to prepare them for the bigger and more difficult situations that life will present. Think before you answer. Your words matter!
  • October 9, 2016

    Remembering back to the days when my kids wouldn’t eat, and now with a grandson who makes the same choices, here’s one that may be helpful for some of you — Put healthy foods on the table, and then don’t worry how much your child does or doesn’t eat, says Dr. David Hill of Wilmington, North Carolina. “We know parents who try to impose overly restrictive diets on overweight children, and they end up with children with even worse weight problems. And parents who pressure underweight children to eat more end up with kids who actually eat less. As long as the options are good, children do best when allowed to pick what they want to eat.” [http://www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoolers/health/what-doctors-wish-parents-of-toddlers-knew/]