eTip: Daily Parent Engagement Message

On May 1, 2018

Monday, May 20, 2019
Focus discipline on the Dos, not the Don’ts

When it comes to discipline, it’s more effective to tell children what they should do than what they shouldn’t. “Please gather up your schoolwork and put it away before dinner” is more likely to get a positive response than “Don’t leave your homework all over the table!” That’s because it gives your child a chance to do the right thing without any criticism from you.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Put reading material wherever your child will read it 

It can be hard to get very active children to sit down to read for long stretches of time. So make the most of short chunks of time to encourage your active child’s love of reading. Keep lots of interesting reading material around that your child can pick up quickly, especially in the kitchen. Active kids eat often. Your child could read a short article while heating something in the microwave, for example.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Make outdoor learning part of your child’s routine

Many children today spend most of their time indoors. They are isolated from nature. But positive outdoor experiences enhance both learning and quality of life. Try to go outside with your child every day. Give him tools for investigating the environment, like a magnifying glass, a bucket, a shovel and a rake. Then help him learn about nature by touching and experiencing it. Focus on what interests him.

Thursday, May 23, 2019
Books can help soften the tough times

When your child faces a challenge, such as an unfriendly classmate or a difficult sport, books can help. Look for stories your child can learn from. As you read a story together, help your child identify with a character. What feelings or experiences do they share? Understanding what the character is going through can help your child express her own feelings. She’ll realize that other people have problems like hers.

Friday, May 24, 2019
Truth and understanding help kids cope with death

When a child loses a loved one, it can affect all parts of his life, including his schoolwork. To help, be honest with your child about the death. Clearly, you’ll tell a fifth-grader more than a first-grader, but your child should know he can count on you for the truth. Be sensitive to his fears. It may comfort your child to look at photos, and hear and tell stories about the person.

Saturday, May 25, 2019
Offer encouragement that motivates

Is your child working to master a new skill, but not understanding it? You can motivate her to continue to try by saying things like, “You haven’t quite mastered this yet, but you can do it.” These words let her know she can get the answer if she just keeps working. Studies show that students will keep working if they believe they can figure out the answer…even if they aren’t there yet.

Sunday, May 26, 2019
Treat mistakes as steps toward learning

To succeed in school, students must develop problem-solving and decision-making skills. But as they learn to solve problems independently, they are sure to make mistakes. Help your child see mistakes as opportunities to learn, rather than as failures. When he makes an error, discuss it with him. Talk about ways he can avoid it in the future. Emphasize that people get smarter when they learn from mistakes.