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Category: Parent’s Tips

Your child wants to do things WITH you!

More than anything, your child wants focused time with you. Everyday life can be full of adventure and packed full of great learning experiences. At the end of the day, make up a story that involved the same experience you had with your child that day. Andy Ant stories were all initially based on things my daughter did the same day.  Create a teaching character that lasts in the child’s mind for a lifetime.

A Bit of Ben Wisdom

An outstanding educator and leader in educating students in San Bernardino, CA, Margaret Hill, posted a quote on her Facebook page a while back from Ben Franklin: “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”  Parents, you need to memorize this one!  It is easier to tell than to teach.  Lasting impact on a child’s life comes through involvement.

 

 

 

You are called parent, not be a dictator!

It is tempting at times to “lay the law down” and demand your kids “do what they are told.”   To get your child’s ownership on a decision you need to make, you need help them take ownership of the decision.   Allow them to feel that the decision is theirs– even though you clearly know what the outcome must be.  Keep your demands to a minimum.

Engage your child in the process of making good decisions.  Help your child learn how to formulate options and draw reasonable conclusions.  Work together so that the child begins to see how you think. Engagement helps your child begin to understand wise decision making processes.