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Category: Parent’s Tips

Pause, hold a hand—and pray.

After the lights are out and the conversation is over, don’t leave your child for a few minutes. Keep holding your child’s hand. Allow them to fall asleep knowing you are there as their parent and protector. You really don’t have something more important to do. As a parent, your first priority is to ensure that your child knows you care and that you are there as their protector. Building this confidence as they drift off to sleep goes a long way when you need to make corrections later!

Finish each day in the dark!

The Andy Ant adventure stories were started in my young daughter’s dark bedroom when she was about ready to go to sleep. How can you use this time to instill values, teach lessons of life, reinforce right behavior, or just have a fun bonding experience that ends up lasting a lifetime? You might think that these quiet moments are not very important; but to your child, ten minutes in the dark could be the highlight of their day—if you are really connecting with your little one.

Tell your child stories with an applied lesson.

Reading stories to your child is wonderful and encouraging, but making up stories that relate to your child’s life is even better. To help you do this, each of story in Andy’s Adventures provides you the setting and content for a new story adventure followed by a few questions that allow you and your child to complete the adventure. There is no right conclusion. Allow your imaginations to have some fun. The story can end any way you and your child want. Always try to end a story by relating back to your child’s day. There is always a lesson to be learned. Learning life lessons through fun adventures makes a lasting impression.

Make your child’s teacher your best friend!  

As a parent, you should know your child’s teacher well. You are in a partnership together to ensure your child is learning all he or she can. Find ways to work together so your child feels supported. Ask questions and don’t be fearful of challenging the learning process. Your goal is to demonstrate a unified front. Never disagree with a teacher when your child is present. The child needs to experience a sense of cooperation. You can challenge a teacher, but not in front of the child.

Get involved in your child’s school.

Volunteer in your child’s classroom or a regular basis. This demonstrates to your child that you are really interested in what is going on and that you are supportive of his or her learning process. When you have volunteered, ask your child about how things went that day. Allow your child to give you their input. This is a way of illustrating that you value his or her opinion.