eTip: Daily Parent Engagement Message

On May 1, 2018




Thursday, June 7, 2018
Achievable expectations are high…and realistic

It’s great to have high expectations for your child. But if she rarely meets them, it may not be her fault. It’s also important that your expectations be realistic. To evaluate them, consider questions such as: Why do I have this expectation? Where did it come from? What purpose does it serve? Is it based on my child’s needs, or mine? Is it appropriate for a child this age? Consult with the teacher if you are in doubt.

Friday, June 8, 2018
Specific questions start better conversations

Sometimes conversations with children can be frustrating. “What did you do in school today?” you ask. “Nothing,” your child replies. Don’t give up! Try asking specific questions, such as “What was the best part of your day?” or “What are you studying in science?” Sometimes it works just to say, “What do you want to talk about?” You might be surprised by your child’s answer!

Saturday, June 9, 2018
Brighten mornings with a book

If your child has trouble waking up in the morning, encourage him to read before going to sleep. Then set his alarm clock for a half-hour earlier in the morning. When he wakes, your child can continue reading where he left off. After waking up slowly and reading a bit, he may come to breakfast alert and with a cheerful attitude.

Sunday, June 10, 2018
In this game, winners follow directions

Here’s a game to play to build your child’s ability to follow directions: Hide a small prize, such as a coin. Then tell your child all the directions she needs to find it. Before she sets off, have her repeat the directions, then close her eyes and picture following each step. Start simply, by giving only two or three directions. Increase the complexity of the directions as she improves.