10 Tips to Help Your Child Think, Learn and Succeed
By Donna Duffy
1. Remember, respect & accept that each child has his/her own learning style and approach. Each child is unique and needs encouragement to find out more about who they are and how they learn.
2. Let them catch you reading, learning & managing time well. Do you read books, magazines? Are you taking a course or learning something new? All of these teach your child the importance of life-long learning.
3. Time, energy and focus are lost in a school supply scavenger hunt. Provide and centralize all materials necessary for studying.
4. Pick your battles & don’t sweat the small stuff –things like a messy room or them studying while they listen to music. Focus on what really matters and learn to let go of the little stuff. This too will pass!
5. Have realistic expectations. Don’t push them beyond where they are able to go, but help them realize their awesome potential.
6. Be in contact with his/her teachers and guidance counselors. Check out homework assignments, projects & grades at your school’s website.
7. Be the parent. Firm/Fair/Fun. Help set boundaries & guidelines that will help them navigate their way now and in the future.
8. Find teachable moments and opportunities to develop your child as a thinker! Engage them in discussions about current events on a local, national and international level.
9. Watch your words—they have power! Speak to your child in truth and in love. Respect is always a good thing when it’s coming and going.
10. Remember that your child is a gift—discover something wonderful about him or her each day.
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