Your involvement in school can help your student learn and affect teacher attitudes toward your children, thus creating a more caring school climate.
By: Becky Post
Search Institute is currently doing a lot of work to help adolescents develop perseverance skills to reach their school and life goals. A precursor to children developing perseverance is executive function, a term that refers to the capacity to control one’s behavior and direct it toward longer-term goals.Blog Image: FiveStar Rating: 0
Talk about your hopes and dreams for your child with your partner. The more you can be in sync, the easier it will be to parent your child together.
Model and talk about appropriate ways to express love and care. Focus on the relationship aspect of dating with your teen, such as getting to know someone and caring for each other in tender ways, such as holding hands.
Don’t overreact when your child lies to you. Young people will lie if they fear your reaction. If you suspect or know that your child is lying, ask, “Why do you think I might be having trouble believing you right now?” In other words, give them the opportunity to tell the truth.
Take kids’ feelings seriously. You may not think it’s a big deal for a sixth grader to fall in love, but it’s a huge deal to your sixth grader. Treat it with the same seriousness as your child does.
Find out how your child likes to be touched. Some enjoy playful touch, such as pillow fights and arm wrestling. Others like hugs and cuddling. Everyone is different.
Find creative ways to stay close when you’re away from your kids, such as sending homemade cookies or drawing pictures.
When children don’t meet their responsibilities, use logical consequences. For example, if a child gets an allowance for cleaning her bedroom, make sure the room is clean before she gets any money.