Resolve to Make 2016 a Special Year with Your Children! Enjoy your time together and keep them safe
Every year we make resolutions to lose weight, exercise more, get organized, and spend less money. We have a question for you. Have you made resolutions that could improve your relationship with your children and keep them safer? If not, we have some ideas for you...and you should keep these resolutions!
This year resolve to:
Stop yelling so much
Create and honor family traditions and rituals
Create an atmosphere of open and honest dialogue with your child
Lead by example
Praise your child for working hard
Let your children do what makes them happy: Allow them to follow their interests and dreams
Your children also can make resolutions. Here are some ideas from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP):
I will clean up my toys by putting them where they belong.
I will let my parents help me brush my teeth twice a day. I will wash my hands after going to the bathroom and before eating.
I will talk with my parent or a trusted adult when I need help or am scared.
Kids, 5 to 12 years old
I will always wear a helmet when riding a bike, scooter or skateboard.
I will wear my seat belt every time I get in a car. I'll sit in the back seat and use a booster seat until I am tall enough to use a lap/shoulder seat belt.
I will always tell an adult about any bullying I may see or hear about to help keep school safe for everyone.
I will keep my personal information safe and not share my name, home address, school name or telephone number on the Internet. Also, I'll never send a picture of myself to someone I chat with on the computer without asking my parent if it is okay.
I will try to talk with my parent or a trusted adult when I have a problem or feel stressed.
I promise to follow our household rules for videogames and internet use.
Kids, 13 years old and older
When I feel angry or stressed out, I will take a break and find helpful ways to deal with the stress, such as exercising, reading, writing in a journal or talking about my problem with a parent or friend.
When faced with a difficult decision, I will talk about my choices with an adult whom I can trust.
When I notice my friends are struggling, being bullied or making risky choices, I will talk with a trusted adult and attempt to find a way that I can help them.
I will be careful about whom I choose to date, and always treat the other person with respect and without forcing them to do something or using violence. I will expect to be treated the same way in return.
I agree not to use a cellphone or text message while driving and to always use a seat belt.
For a complete list of suggested resolutions from the AAP click here.
All of us at The Tree House wish you a
very happy, healthy and wonderful New Year!
While our staff was providing desperately needed services to over 700 children, you were busy helping us collect items we needed, raise funds, and spread the word about The Tree House. You held donation drives for new pajamas, snacks, and "emergency therapy tool kits." You organized fundraising events such as wine-tastings and self-defense classes. You made The Tree House Tour de Cookie a huge success by sponsoring, volunteering, and participating. You sold Christmas ornaments and gift-wrapped, sending the proceeds to us. You "adopted" 18 families for the holidays, showering them with gifts and hope. And just when we thought you could do no more, we told you about a little boy in the hospital who loved Legos. Again, you came to the rescue...in a big, big way.
We want to thank you for a year that would not have been possible without your help. We want to thank you for helping families in your community heal. We want to thank you for counteracting the horrors of child abuse with pure kindness.
Visit our Facebook page to see how so many in our community have done so much.
Soon we'll be posting thank you letters and pictures from the recipients of your generosity.
We are very pleased to announce that in mid-December we received a
$2,500 grant from the Maximus Foundation! We are honored and grateful for the Maximus Foundation's loyal support over the years.
It has helped us continue to improve the lives of children who have been through unimaginable trauma. For this kind act, we thank them.
We'll be posting all sorts of ways to get your company involved,
including how to participate in
The Tree House Tour de Cookie!