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…Imaginary Friends

How to Talk to Your Kids About…Imaginary Friends

Last updated on April 2nd, 2012 at 10:22 pmWhy Imaginary Friends? Being a toddler can feel very restrictive. Always being told what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. Older siblings and friends want your toys and you are always competing for attention. Imaginary friends are the ideal companions. They never take your toys, they do what you say, and never steal your attention. They can also serve... 

How to Talk to Your Kids About…Bedtime

How to Talk to Your Kids About…Bedtime

Last updated on October 6th, 2015 at 12:54 amBedtime is hard for many families. Everyone is tired, worn out, and short on patience. As parents, if we stick to a routine and change the way we think about putting our kids to bed, it will really help with the bedtime battles. It can be a great time of day when we relax, connect, listen, talk and teach. Remember, sleep breeds sleep. The more your child... 

How to Talk To Your Kids About…A New Baby

How to Talk To Your Kids About…A New Baby

Last updated on March 19th, 2017 at 12:23 amBringing home a new baby fills a house with joy and wonder. It can also bring worry and stress to older siblings who feel their world has just been turned upside down. A sense of jealousy, resentment, and even a little anger is normal. Siblings fear there won’t be enough love, or time to go around. As parents, there are things we can say and do to help... 

Teach Gratitude & Give Your Child a Healthier, Happier Life

Teach Gratitude & Give Your Child a Healthier, Happier Life

Last updated on August 31st, 2015 at 12:57 amResearch shows us that adults who are grateful report having more energy, fewer health problems, and a greater feeling of well-being than those who complain. Most studies show that the more gratitude we show the healthier and happier we are. The same goes for children. Children who express gratitude are more appreciative, more empathetic, kinder, more enthusiastic... 

13 Ways to Help Our Kids Prepare for and Deal with Peer Pressure

13 Ways to Help Our Kids Prepare for and Deal with Peer Pressure

Last updated on September 13th, 2015 at 12:20 amThe school bell has rung and the new school year is in full force. No matter where we live, or where our children go to school, all kids have something in common; they will be faced with peer pressure. As parents, there is much we can do to help our children prepare for, and deal with the pressure that will come from their peers. 1.  Believe in our kids,... 

Bullying: 10 Things We Can Do to Keep Them Safer at School

Bullying: 10 Things We Can Do to Keep Them Safer at School

Last updated on October 6th, 2015 at 12:18 amWe know our kids will have the new school supplies they need to start school, but have we given them the tools they need to deal with more than the reading, writing and arithmetic? With the new school year quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to sit down with our children and talk about bullying. Studies estimate that 1 out of 3 children are bullied,...