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By: Becky Post, Guest Blogger
When I was in fifth grade, my teacher, Mr. Z, had a cruel habit of arranging my classmates’ desks according to our academic ranking. The students with the top grades sat in the first row next to the window—what Mr. Z called the “bright side” of the room.Blog Image: FiveStar Rating: 0
Set aside one or two nights each week when all family members commit to not scheduling activities outside of the home.
Make Election Day a family day by watching the polling results together and listening to what election forecasters have to say. Find a media source that you respect and pay attention to it.
Monitor your teen’s stance on responsibility. Some teenagers become overly responsible and rarely make time to relax and have fun, while others run at the mention of the word. Share your observations with your teenager, and help them to develop a more balanced life around responsibilities.
Avoid comparing your children with each other or other young people.
Remember that lessons in responsibility always start with you! If your child hears you saying one thing and then doing the opposite, your kids will be more likely to follow your example rather than follow your command.
If you have an election to vote in this coming Tuesday, take your kids with you to the polls. Most polling places enjoy having kids come, and many make them feel right at home, even though they’re not old enough to vote.
You may be noticing more e-cigarette advertisements on television, in magazine, and on the Internet.
Take your kids trick or treating in your neighborhood. Halloween is one of the few holidays when it’s socially acceptable to go to your neighbor’s door. Get to know your neighbors as you go door to door.
Follow your child’s lead on Halloween. If he or she wants to go trick-or-treating, find a safe way for this to happen. If your child isn’t interested in Halloween, don’t make a big deal of it.
If your daughter is being bullied, acknowledge her pain, but try not to take a “those horrible girls/my poor baby” approach. Instead, talk with her about other hard things she’s worked through in her life and focus on the skills she used to meet and overcome those challenges.
By: Becky Post, Guest Blogger
If you are a parent, you know your kids have many interests, and those interests naturally lead to conversations about future plans. When you ask your child about future career options, he or she may have very specific plans: “Mom, I’m going to be a pilot,” or “I’m going to be a pharmacist.”Blog Image: FiveStar Rating: 0
Develop family habits that your children will likely carry over into their adult lives—things like an annual household spring cleaning, exercising together, or starting meals with a check-in conversation about how everyone is doing.
Stay informed of your teens’ progress in school, homework, and other assignments. Help them break down larger tasks into manageable goals and objectives.
Fill your home with messages about the value of making mistakes, learning from them, and then letting them go and moving on.
Keep the focus of school, sports, arts, and other activities on progress rather than performance. Let your children know that you are proud of them for the values they bring to their efforts—such as trying, helping others, and having a good attitude—not just their talents.
Your teens most likely want to lead happy, successful lives, but their ideas may differ from yours about what that means. So talk regularly. If you both share an understanding of what’s important, you’ll come to greater agreement over appropriate and acceptable behavior.
By: Kathleen Stanley, Guest Blogger
If you are like most parents, you are noticing how excited your little one is getting about Halloween candy, costumes, pumpkin carving, and parties. As a rule, anything that excites your child opens up a world of possibility for learning.Blog Image: FiveStar Rating: 0
Bullying can happen in any setting. When you sign up your child for activities outside school, ask about anti-bullying policies and procedures. Let program supervisors know it’s important to you that they be proactive in preventing bullying.
Remember that children need a balance of loving, unconditional support and clear, reasonable boundaries and expectations to guide their behavior.