eTip: Daily Parent Engagement Message

On May 1, 2018

Friday, January 18, 2019
Get your child into the habit of being honest

Honesty is a habit. To help your child develop it, point out honesty when you see it. If he hasn’t done something you’ve asked, but honestly admits it, praise his honesty. “You do need to go make your bed now, but I’m glad you told the truth.” And if he isn’t honest? Ask him to explain why he lied. Then ask, “What might you have done instead?” Praise him for coming to the right conclusion.

Saturday, January 19, 2019
Coping with boredom is a time management skill

Time management is a necessary skill in school and the workplace. Learning to manage her free time to avoid boredom is good practice for your child. Build her skills by limiting recreational screen time and encouraging her to entertain herself. Express confidence in your child’s abilities: “I know you can think of something to do.” To avoid trouble, be sure to stay aware of what she’s up to.

Sunday, January 20, 2019
Short on time? Fit a lot of learning into a few minutes

In as little as five minutes a day, you can help your child learn. You could ask him a question to get him thinking (What if the sun came up at night?). Or ask him to express an opinion and back it up with reasons (What is your favorite book? Why?). You could tell him a story full of information about the real world, or simply tell him you love him. Children need to feel loved to take the risks necessary to learn.

Monday, January 21, 2019
Help your child learn about Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Celebrate with your child by helping her research facts about King’s life and work. What causes did he support? What did he believe in? Talk with your child about the concept of injustice. You may also want to read King’s “I Have a Dream” speech together. Then talk about King’s dreams and your child’s dreams for a better future.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Turn a walk into a fun way to learn

Sometimes the best way for a child to learn about the world is to get out in it. Try taking a “Stop, Look and Listen Walk” together. Walk for 100 steps, then stop for 30 seconds and make a record of everything you see and hear. Or take a “Question Walk,” and think of questions about what you see (Why don’t pine trees lose their needles?). Help your child find the answers when you get home.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Help your child plan for better book reports

Kids have an easier time writing book reports when they have read the book all the way to the end. Help your child pace his reading by dividing the number of pages in the book by the number of days until his report is due (minus a couple of days for writing). Ask him questions about what he reads (When and where does the story take place? What was the most interesting part?). When it’s time, he’ll be ready to write.

Thursday, January 24, 2019
Point out strengths when your child struggles

Even the most capable children sometimes complain, “I’ll never get this! I’m stupid!” If you let this go on, your child will think she can’t do well and may not even try. Instead, remind her of her past successes. Talk about ways her hard work has paid off. Put setbacks into perspective by saying things like, “You got a bad grade, but you gave it a good try. Let’s talk about things you can do to improve.”

Friday, January 25, 2019
Volunteering builds children’s compassion and confidence

Children gain new skills, compassion and self-esteem when they help others. This translates into an increased sense of confidence that will help your child succeed in school. When looking for a volunteer opportunity for your family, try to find something that matches your child’s interests; if he loves animals, perhaps you can all volunteer in an animal shelter. After volunteering, ask your child what he learned.

Saturday, January 26, 2019
Don’t let screen life replace real life

We are all spending more time online these days. But it’s important to make sure that recreational screen time isn’t crowding out other activities in your child’s life. How many hours does she spend watching TV, texting, playing games or browsing online? Is it affecting her schoolwork? Does she have time for reading, exercise and family? Establish limits and promote other activities when screens are off.

Sunday, January 27, 2019
Use positive ways to promote better writing

When your child shows you something he’s written, your response can motivate him to improve. Instead of pointing out mistakes, begin by praising something specific. “This phrase is very lively!” Next, comment on the point your child is making. Ask questions to help him clarify or add details, such as “Can you give some reasons why you think that?” Then let your child handle the revisions.