Phrases that compare one child to another, such as “Why can’t you be more like your brother?” can destroy children’s self-esteem, experts say. Accept your child for who he is. Celebrate his strengths and help him become the best he can be. It may be the most valuable gift you can give him.
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Here are some test-taking tips that all students should know: 1. Start with the easiest questions first. Mark the more difficult questions to go back to later. 2. Look for clue words. Sometimes one word will indicate the answer, or the method of finding it. 3. Don’t spend so much time on one question that there’s not enough for another. 4. Plan time to review answers and make sure they are accurate and complete.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Smart students are good observers. Here’s a fun observation challenge for your whole family: Give each family member a peanut. Allow a few minutes for each person to observe his peanut and jot down things he notices about it. Next, mix up all the peanuts in a bowl and ask each person to find his own peanut. Discuss which observation made it easiest to identify each person’s peanut.
Sunday, April 19, 2015
It’s the Golden Rule: Treat others the way you would like to be treated. It’s key to a happy and productive school environment. One of the best ways to teach your child the Golden Rule is to apply it to your interactions with her. Ask yourself, “Would I want this done to me?” If your answer is no (I wouldn’t want to be ridiculed in front of my friends), then ask, “Why would I want to do this to my child?”
Friday, April 17, 2015
Name-calling goes hand-in-hand with intolerance and exclusion of people who are different from you. If you discover that your child is calling others inappropriate names (or if she is being called names herself), it’s time for a talk. Tell her that you love her and that she is special. Then make it clear that each person is special, and that name-calling is always wrong.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
The best way to become a better writer is to write more. To interest your child in getting some writing practice, ask him to pretend he is an object, such as a mirror, a soccer ball or a frying pan. Then have him write a story about his life as that object. Make sure he gives himself a name, describes what he looks like, what he sounds like, where he lives and what a typical day in his life is like.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Write some news your child can use
If you and your child are looking for something to do, try pretending you are reporters hunting a feature story for your local newspaper. Take note pads, pens, a camera and your imaginations and set out to observe people making news. Try places like the mall, the park, even your front yard. Write your story up together and include pictures, a headline and a byline. Put your stories in a scrapbook “newspaper.”
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
‘Buying time’ helps reduce TV watching
Too much time spent watching TV keeps children from doing other things that are better for their minds and bodies. To limit TV time, have your child “purchase” it. For every minute she wants to watch, she must spend one minute exercising or reading first. Time spent on these activities at school doesn’t count, and “banking” time is not allowed. Time must be used on the day it’s earned.
Monday, April 13, 2015
It’s debatable: Help your child see both sides
There’s always more than one side to an issue, but when your child is arguing, it can be hard for him to see the other side. Try throwing out a statement such as, “Homework should be banned forever,” or “Kids shouldn’t have to do chores.” Have your child list reasons that support his view on the subject. Then ask him to think of reasons that support the other side. Talk as a family about which view is more convincing.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Get moving: Make fitness a family priority
Children are healthier and better able to learn if they get regular exercise. Try bikes, inline skates and jump ropes to get your family moving. Or squeeze in a few hours in a park for hiking or playing ball. And if a family walk sounds boring to your child, give it a theme. Ask who can collect the most discarded soda cans or different kinds of leaves.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
A ‘clue hunt’ delivers a real treasure—reading
Your child will have fun reading when you send her on a “clue hunt.” Each clue should lead to the whereabouts of the next clue. Add to the fun by making your clues rhyme. For example, “On top of the box where we see a show, you will find a clue I know!” After five or six clues, your child finds a surprise. This can be a new book or some special school supplies.
Friday, April 10, 2015
Stand up to bullies with confidence
Children are less likely to be victimized by bullies if they appear confident and resourceful. Tell your child he should stand up for himself by clearly expressing his feelings and saying “no” if he feels pressured. If you think your child is being bullied, tell the teacher or principal immediately. Keep a record of the names, dates, times and circumstances of each incident and share it with the school.