Monday, May 11, 2015
Let your child make lots of choices
To learn how to make responsible decisions about critical matters, your child needs to practice making choices about everyday things. A kindergartner might choose between wearing blue jeans or red pants. An older child could choose which vegetable the family will eat for dinner. Before you make a decision for your child, ask yourself whether she could make that decision herself. If possible, say, “You decide.”
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Missing school means missing out on success
At the end of the year, it may be tempting to keep your child out of school for a few days. But studies show that missing days in elementary school can lead to problems later on. A research study found that sixth graders who missed about one day of school a week had a 75 percent chance of never making it to graduation. Make every effort to get your child to school every day. When kids miss school, they miss out on success.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Simon Says: Do the opposite
“Simon Says” is a great game for teaching children to follow directions. You can also help your child build his vocabulary and thinking skills with a new twist on the game—doing the opposite of what Simon says. When Simon says, “Whisper your mother’s name,” your child should shout the name. Grasping the concept of opposite helps children understand antonyms—words that have opposite meanings.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Choose your battles
Every day, parents and children have differences of opinion. Some situations really aren’t worth arguing about, such as whether your child buttons her sweater before she goes out. Take a few minutes at the end of a typical day to recall the battles you had with your child. Decide which battles were worth the fight and which you will ignore if they crop up again in the future.
Friday, May 15, 2015
Control clutter with family ‘mailboxes’
Your kids have come home from school and the paper blizzard has begun. One has a permission slip for a field trip. Another has a homework paper for you to see. How can you keep track of all these papers? Make a “mailbox” for each member of the family. After school, have your children put notes and papers in their mailboxes. Sign forms and papers that are to be returned to school the next day and place them back in the box.
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Ask ‘The Question’ once a day
One way to help children become more self-assured is to shift attention from their shortcomings to their strengths. To direct your child’s focus on his positive traits, ask questions such as, “What is something you like about yourself?” “What is something you felt good about today?” “What is something you were proud of today?”
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Plan some ‘bird-brained’ learning activities
This is a month when birds may be migrating. To help your child sharpen her powers of observation, have her: Look for birds in your neighborhood. Which does see most often? Can she identify them? Make drawings of the different shapes of bird beaks. Together, you can visit the library to look for books about birds. Make a homemade bird feeder and watch as birds enjoy the food you set out for them.