About Heather Johnson

Heather Ann Johnson is a homemaker, wife and mother. She and her husband have 4 children. She is an Adjunct Faculty member at Brigham Young University where she teaches students the principles behind successful families. Her blog, Family Volley, answers reader’s questions about families, marital relationships, and raising children. A firm believer that families should play together, Family Volley features a new activity or game for families every Friday. Heather is a former member of the PedSafe Expert team

Website: http://familyvolley.blogspot.com

Articles by Heather

How to Talk to Your Kids About…Friendship

How to Talk to Your Kids About…Friendship

Last updated on October 1st, 2012 at 12:40 pmAlthough some children naturally handle friendship better than others, all kids need to be taught, and practice friendship skills. Kids grow into these skills and need help from parents and other adults to learn the rules of friendship. How can we help our children learn these key skills? Talk to your child about what makes a good friend. Kids don’t always... 

How to Talk to Your Kids About…Strangers

How to Talk to Your Kids About…Strangers

Last updated on September 5th, 2018 at 10:30 pmAs parents, we know we need to talk to our children about strangers, but it is hard to know how to talk to our children without scaring them. Start by helping your children understand what a stranger is. A stranger is anyone that your family doesn’t know very well. They don’t have to look mean and evil like TV portrays. When I was explaining strangers... 

How to Talk to Your Kids About…Bullying

How to Talk to Your Kids About…Bullying

Last updated on August 1st, 2012 at 11:13 amWith a new school year quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to talk to your children about bullying. All of our children will be faced with confrontation. Whether it is in school, their neighborhood, college, work, even in marriage, as they are older. It is important to prepare them to deal with confrontation now.Start talking to your children... 

How to Talk to Your Kids About…Mistakes

How to Talk to Your Kids About…Mistakes

Last updated on September 13th, 2015 at 02:03 amMistakes are part of life. Learning from our mistakes is a vital part of growing up. In fact, research shows us that kids learn more from making mistakes, then taking the easy route and getting everything correct all the time.So how do we talk to our kids about their mistakes?Don’t sigh or scoff when your children make mistakes or when discussing... 

How to Talk to Your Kids About…Lying

How to Talk to Your Kids About…Lying

Last updated on May 30th, 2012 at 11:56 amMost kids at some point in time, will tell a lie. As a parent, handling the situation correctly will help put a stop to the lying before it turns into a habit. When your child tells a lie…Don’t yell, raise your voice, or overreact. Stay calm. Overreacting will scare your child and they will be afraid to come and tell you the truth next time. If your child... 

How to Talk to Your Kids About…Diversity

How to Talk to Your Kids About…Diversity

Last updated on May 1st, 2012 at 12:20 amChildren are very quick to point out differences. With their limited experiences and understanding, it is hard to explain that differences are a wonderful part of life. Talking to our children about diversity can be tricky. We don’t want to compromise our family values, but we want to cultivate a true respect for everyone. There are a few key conversations...