Although this may be a challenging topic for many parents to discuss with their kids, it is incredibly important for a healthy, trusting relationship. For some effective approaches and advice for talking to your teens, visit the CASA Family Day Blog.
Activities of the Week
Start the conversation about drugs and alcohol.
Talk to your daughter about a career in STEM.
On January 23rd, 1849 Elizabeth Blackwell was granted her medical degree, making her the first female to be recognized as a physician in U.S. history. Let your daughter know she can accomplish anything she sets her mind to, including a career in sciences and technology, where women are underrepresented. For more information about women in STEM, visit the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Help kids design their own placemat.
It can be hard getting kids to sit still during dinner, but letting them get creative by "designing" their own placemats can help keep their attention on the table at meal time. Learn more about this fun craft here.
Become a mentor.
Mentoring has proven to be a powerful tool for helping young people fulfill their potential. To find out more about the benefits of becoming a mentor in your community and how to do so, visit serve.gov.
Make a New Year's Resolution!
Set goals with your kids to change your lifestyle for the better, then check out Kids.gov for tips on how to reach those goals.
Look out for those in need.
With winter, comes hard times for a lot of families. You and your family can help out through a coat drive, by volunteering at a soup kitchen, or through another community volunteering initiative in your area.
When children get stressed, anxious, or even panicked, breathing deeply has been shown to help calm them down. Practice "belly breathing" together with these tips from PBS.
Connect with your children about their school days.
Asking the right questions will give you a better sense of what challenges your kids may be facing on a day-to-day basis. For suggestions and tips, including how to recognize if your child may be experiencing bullying or peer abuse, visit Prevent Child Abuse America.