Category Archive for 'Parent Tips'

Fail better

Monday, June 17th, 2019

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“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

– Samuel Beckett, writer

Originally posted 2015-03-21 08:47:30. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

How to get others to listen to you

Monday, June 10th, 2019

It’s not too rare in 4th and 5th grade to come upon some students that are having a bad time and really wish other people knew about it. This usually involves the students talking, discussing, arguing, shouting, yelling, or name-calling in an effort to express their feelings.

What we adults know is that that method usually creates more problems than it solves. But we also know that even adults are tempted to speak harshly or lash out when we feel we have been wronged.

Love and Logic has a great, simple suggestion for boosting the chance that other people will listen to you. Phrase your concern like this:

“I’d like to share what I’ve been hearing and get your thoughts.”

This method gets the concern discussed without putting anyone on the hot seat. No one feels defensive, so the topic will get discussed and probably resolved.

This would probably solve a lot of problems for people that go to elementary school, or for anyone that has ever attended one.

The rest of the article is worth a read.

Originally posted 2018-09-06 17:22:58. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Lead your child to good health

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

Here’s an infographic from the American College of Pediatricians on ways to help your student live a balanced and healthy life:

Originally posted 2017-11-06 20:59:09. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

How to end the battles over getting ready

Monday, May 27th, 2019

If your children are constantly battling you in the morning over getting ready quick enough, finding their supplies, and getting out the door on their own and without constant reminders, then Love and Logic has some tips that might help:

  • Schedule some time to plan and practice when you aren’t in a hurry.
  • Take yourself out of the loop as much as possible (the more you have to remind, the less your student is learning to do these things by themselves).
  • Focus on getting yourself ready. This is a good way to model how things ought to be.
  • Look for ways to give logical consequences, such as a student forgetting their homework or having to go to school in mismatched clothes.
  • Create a backup plan for if a student doesn’t get ready on time.

Here’s what Love and Logic has to say about the last point:

Some parents find it wise to have someone secretly on call. If the kids miss the bus, this person can arrive and charge them for taxi service to school.

By the time they reach kindergarten age, our kids… with good training and consistency on our part… can learn to take primary responsibility for getting themselves up and ready to go each and every day. Kids who learn this find it far more natural to assume personal responsibility in other areas of their lives.

You can read the rest of the article here.

Smoother Mornings

Love and Logic Institute, Inc.

Originally posted 2017-03-01 12:53:26. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Truth prevails

Monday, May 20th, 2019

Originally posted 2018-02-26 13:56:28. Republished by Blog Post Promoter