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Have you complemented your child in writing this week?

My grandson’s first grade teacher prepared a year-end gift for each child in her class:  A personalized compliment book.  Every child in class was instructed to write a sentence or two on a piece of paper expressing a good quality of each classmate. They added illustrative art typical of a first grader. The teacher then combined all the papers for each child and created a personalized book of compliments for each one.  The introductory page was to each child, expressing hopes and dreams and how glad the teacher was for getting to know each child. Each page expresses something special.  The best is affirmed.  Every page makes a lasting impression

This School Year is Going to be Tough!

 

Summer is over and that means it’s back to school.  It’s still really hot outside so I am glad my classroom has air conditioning.  I like my new teacher, Mrs. Woolard.  She’s easy to talk to and says she wants us to have the best school year ever.  She is expecting us to work hard!  My first assignment is to start a journal and write something every day.  This should be easy since I began doing this a year ago.  I wonder if Andy’s teacher has given him the same assignment.  It seems we often end up with similar homework.  I wonder what my teacher would think if she found out my best friend is an ant?

 

 

Ponder the implications of your role!

Your ability to lead as a parent has a direct impact on the results you want to achieve in your children.  What are you doing today to insure the outcome you want to see realized? Effective parenting requires quality time AND quantity time.  The more time you spend with your child the more progress you will see toward the outcome you want.  Your child deserves TIME with you!

 

School is About to Start Again :(

This morning as I was brushing my teeth a terrible thought hit me:  School was about to start again.  What happened to the summer vacation?  I was just getting used to this lifestyle and now things are going to change again!   After breakfast Mom explained that I needed to go shopping with her.  We cleaned things up and were off.

I got three new pair of pants, three new shirts, a new pair of sports shoes, socks, underwear and a really cool backpack for all my school gear.   I guess there are some positive things about getting back to school.  I like what I am going to wear!   After I got home I went out to see if Andy was around.  He and his mom had just got back from buying his school supplies and clothes.  He was all excited about getting back to learning.  I cannot believe that ant.  He is so smart already.  I don’t know what I would do without his insights.  Strange how an ant can teach me so much.

 

Kids Need Your Undivided Attention!

Yes, life is busy.  Most of us feel we need to multitask just to survive.  I watched a father the other day spend some “quality time” at a park with a young son about eight years old. Sadly, the dad was not engaging his son.  He was physically there but he was many miles away emotionally and mentally.  The entire time they were together for “quality time” he was talking on his phone, texting, or playing on his phone.  His young son was off playing by himself without even a friend to help occupy his time.

 

Your kids need you!  They need you to ask questions and to listen, play on the floor, hike a hill, or talk about life issues that are important to the child.  Do your child a favor.  When you set aside time for your child turn off your distractions.  Do what is important to your child, not what is important to you.