Monday, February 23, 2015
Sing it, act it, paint it: Encourage your child’s artistic expression
Children sometimes express themselves better through movement or painting than they can in words. To encourage your child’s creative expression: Provide a variety of materials for art projects and a place to work. Look for opportunities to take your child to plays, concerts and dance performances. Visit an art museum together.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Tell your child what to do, not what not to do
“Don’t forget your jacket.” “Don’t run in the street.” Sometimes it seems like we’re filling our kids’ heads with all the things they’re not supposed to do. The problem is, young children often don’t hear the word Don’t. Fix it by telling your child what behavior you do want: “Take your jacket. Stay on the sidewalk.”
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Put some comedy into reading
Learning to read can be hard work. So it’s important to remind your child how much fun reading can be. Try tucking a joke you’ve written on silly stationery into your child’s lunchbox. When she reads it to her friends, the laughter she hears will make her feel special and proud—and create a positive association with reading.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Encourage responsibility with a ‘no-nag’ solution
Nobody likes to be nagged. But everyone needs reminders of responsibilities once in a while. Here are some no-nag solutions: Teach your child to write tasks on a “to-do” list in order of importance and cross them off as they are finished. Make a job chart that lists responsibilities, when they should be done and by whom. Create a reminder box family members can check each day for friendly reminders.