PARENTS PARENTAL ADVICE
PARENTS PARENTAL ADVICE
MAKE YOUR OWN HAND SANITIZER
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2/3 cup 99% rubbing alcohol (isopropyl
- 1/3 cup aloe vera gel
- 8-10 drops essential oil, optional (such as
lavender, vanilla, peppermint, grapefruit)
- bowl and spoon
- (4) 2 oz plastic bottles with screw caps or (1)
8 oz plastic bottle
You can find the rubbing alcohol and aloe vera gel at your local drugstore. Your local drugstore is also a great place to find the plastic bottles for your hand sanitizer. Look for small, travel size plastic containers. The essential oils are not necessary, but I personally love creating my very own signature scent.
- Simply mix the ingredients together in the bowl.
- Use the funnel to pour solution into the 4 bottles.
- Screw the top back onto the bottle and you’re ready to go.
- Extend the activity by creating a label for your bottle.
- Address labels work best, but paper and tape will work well too.
- Notice times when your kids are most likely to talk--for example, at bedtime, before dinner, in the car--and be available.
Find time each week for a one-on-one activity with each child, and avoid scheduling other activities during that time.
Learn about your children's interests--for example, favorite music and activities--and show interest in them.
Initiate conversations by sharing what you have been thinking about rather than beginning a conversation with a question.
Let your children know your listening
When your children are talking about concerns, stop whatever you are doing and listen.
Express interest in what they are saying without being intrusive.
Listen to their point of view, even if it's difficult to hear.
Let them complete their point before you respond.
Repeat what you heard them say to ensure that you understand them correctly.
Soften strong reactions; kids will tune you out if you appear angry or defensive.
Express your opinion without putting down theirs; acknowledge that it's okay to disagree.
Resist arguing about who is right. Instead say, "I know you disagree with me, but this is what I think."
Focus on your child's feelings rather than your own during your conversation.
Ask your children what they may want or need from you in a conversation, such as advice, simply listening, help in dealing with feelings, or help solving a problem.
Kids learn by imitating. Most often, they will follow your lead in how they deal with anger, solve problems, and work through difficult feelings.
Talk to your children--don't lecture, criticize, threaten, or say hurtful things.
Kids learn from their own choices. As long as the consequences are not dangerous, don't feel you have to step in.
Realize your children may test you by telling you a small part of what is bothering them. Listen carefully to what they say, encourage them to talk, and they may share the rest of the story.