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February 14, 2014

Dr. Kate's Parent Rap: Parents need to celebrate Valentine's Day, too

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Parents should consider giving gifts to each other that suggest personal sacrifice. So, while fun, romantic gifts of perfume and jewelry are important, include an aspect of personal sacrifice in your gift for your partner. For example, take away a chore that your partner hates doing as a symbol of your love for him or her. This is good way to show kids that being in love is about more than just buying gifts for each other.

If you know your partner is upset about how you take care of yourself, make a commitment to change. For example, commit to take better care of yourself in the service of improving the relationship.

Valentine’s Day can also be a time to do a couples inventory. Talk together about what works for you as a parenting couple and romantic couple and what doesn’t work and together commit to making one or two changes that would improve things for both of you and the family.

Ready or not, here comes the next school vacation

Here are some quick reminders to help you have a great week off with the kids.

Kids like structure and routine so develop a daily plan to ease anxiety. For example: Chores, individual time, play dates, family activities, and limited tech time at mid-end of day before dinner.

Discuss the entire week as a family and what can be expected during each day. Ask for the kids’ input. Over-talk it if you have to. Kids adjust better to being out of a routine when they know what to expect. Outline each day, plan for it the night before and review it again in the morning.

During the week, plan one or two special activities that children have input into such as, skating, movies, bowling, sledding, etc.

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