The Questions never end?

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Have you ever wondered why your child asks so many questions?  Or want your child to stop asking series of questions? Wondered why your child would not just stop asking the most impossible questions? Is your child that curious about everything? The answer is, Yes and No.

Children love to engage loved ones in conversations and this may be the best way your child knows  both of you will get talking for a long time. The emotional attachment your child gets from you while asking zillions of questions and hearing you talk, is beyond compare. There is a bond that is created that could last forever. Turning away or shutting up your child may make your child disconnected and that may bring a distance in your relationship.

Understand that you don’t have to answer all your child’s questions, make your child think up possible answers to his/her questions.  No matter how silly you think your child’s answers are encourage your child to keep thinking it through and then you can help answer where you think your child is stuck. This can help you stir up something unique that is important for them in life. That uniqueness is critical thinking. Most people don’t think critically, they love the answers to questions handed down to them.

We can help our children develop great mental skills with this method. It is crucial you help your child develop this skill.

If your child is at this stage of life nurture him/her, there will come a time when your child would not ask you questions anymore but would seek answers anywhere they believe answers stare at them. questions3

Question times can be fun times, if you can manage the situation well. When your child starts asking a bunch of questions, for you not to get frustrated try not to find yourself busy with work or something that challenges you mentally, it will ease the frustration off the questions from your child.

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Help your child create answers to his or her questions. Children love pictorial answers it helps their mind because visual images are simple to understand thoroughly.

Try this simple method:

1. Allow your child create a book / diary of questions,

2. Let him or her give it a fun name

3.Let your child create possible answers to these questions, encourage your child to write

4. Your child can draw images if need be, just to best answer his or her questions

With this method you can guide his or her thinking positively.

It may help to remember that almost every advance in human knowledge came about because someone asked a question and was willing to put time, thought, and effort into finding an answer.

The Power of the Positive!

Parents often ask, what can I do to help my child be ‘more’ in life as he or she grows? We do understand that our children need more than just academics to excel in life and what they need is a positive approach to problem solving and the right attitude to tackle the challenges that come their way.

Children can develop the positive attitude before the toddler stage of life and if nurtured properly can help your child be ‘more’ in future.

Take a look at some of these picture / diagrams and start to work on these with your child and see the difference it will make in your child’s life in a few months and greater mark in years to come.

Even as parents we need to always develop a positive attitude as well, we are our children’s greatest example.

Remember that your child is human, not super human to understand all that you understand now including the feelings that he/she has concerning certain situations, for example: Try not to argue with your child about his thoughts, he has a right to them. Just help him see that he is in control of what he thinks and he can see things with more hope when he knows how to improve difficult social and academic situations. Building a positive attitude in our children will build  better nation.

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Keeping an eye on the child’s progress is another way of showing them support

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A handwritten book report is given an F for poor work.

You can get a sense of how your child is going by

  1. talking to your child regularly about school
  2. noticing how your child talks about school – for example, if your child is reluctant to talk, or sounds bored or unmotivated about school, there might be a problem
  3. being aware of whether your child is doing homework regularly
  4.   reading your child’s school reports carefully
  5.  attending parent-teacher interviews and other opportunities to meet school staff
  6. Watching out for any behavior changes or problems.

Talk with your child
The best way to start is to talk with
your child. Raise your concerns and ask your child about his concerns and how he’s coping at school

Recognize and respond to problems
Getting on top of school problems quickly can stop them from getting worse and having long-term negative consequences for your child’s progress and self-esteem. A quick r
esponse also sends your child a clear message that you have her best interests at heart.

Your involvement in your child’s schooling is crucial. Children do better at school when their parents go to parent-teacher meetings, get involved with homework, and watch them participating in school-related activities such as sport.

Blaming the school or your child’s teacher won’t do any good. As much as is possible, work with the school administrators and teachers. 

The only way to create success is to partner with the school. If you’re really struggling with your child’s teacher, find somebody else who you can create that relationship with. Pinpoint someone in the school who you can work with—it could be a guidance counselor, or even the principal. This person will be able to advocate for your child more effectively than you can in some instances, and might also be able to shoot you an email when they notice something or feel like your child needs some extra help.

 At home, sit with your child if possible and help him through his homework assignments.

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When your child complains about school, don’t join with him in criticizing his teacher.

Don’t talk bad about  the teacher along with your child. There’s the potential that you could make the situation much worse by doing so. Remember, you’re only going to hear the story from your child’s perspective. If he doesn’t like the teacher and you fuel that dislike, it’s only going to make it worse for your child who is in that classroom so many hours every day. Again, the most important thing is to try to join with the teacher if possible so that your child becomes responsible and can’t deflect that responsibility to a “bad” or a “mean” teacher. it’s important to recognize that teachers have a really hard job. They generally respect parents who are aiding them by helping their child learn. The fact that James and I would take the time to write notes to the teacher and sit with our son and do homework was time well spent, from the teacher’s point of view. That’s an investment, and teachers respect parental investments in their child’s learning.

Teachers also want to feel support from parents for what happens in the classroom. I’ve seen parents immediately take their child’s side and not take the time to get the full picture from the school staff or teachers. I believe it’s important to see the full picture. You may not like it when you get it, but at least you’ve taken the time to get the other side of the story.

Recognize that your child’s teacher has a difficult job. Get the full picture when there is a situation at school—don’t simply rely on your child’s retelling of the story, because he will only see things from his point of view. I believe that one of the keys to helping your child succeed in school is really a lot more parental involvement in general. They may never realize how helpful some of the school folks have been. They may never appreciate the fact that you’ve sat there every night and helped them do their homework. But if you can see their success, you know you’ve done the right thing.

This entry was posted on January 21, 2014. 1 Comment

Be a supportive parent

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When you’re interested and involved in your child’s learning, you’re in a good position to address any school problems as soon as they arise. : It’s not about you. It’s about your child, and what is best for him.

Here are a few tips you can try at home to help your child’s education

Provide a supportive home environment. Use as many opportunities as possible to let your child know that your family values education. You can do this by reading the school newsletter and by taking an interest in and helping your child with homework.

Try to minimize the impact of school absences. If your child needs to be absent, ask whether your child’s teacher can spend time helping her catch up. Or ask the teacher to give you the missed work for your child to complete outside of school.

Praise your child for all attempts and efforts. Let your child know that you’re proud of him for trying hard at school, whatever his grades. Try to celebrate your child’s achievements on their own merits, not in comparison with peers or siblings.

Consider a home tutor .

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You could ask your child’s teacher for assistance where relevant

To keep your child motivated and help her succeed, look for interests outside of school. Work-related skills, technical skills, and visual arts, music and drama are all valuable fields of learning.

Not all problems at school are because of school. There are several other factors that can affect a child’s performance

It can be easy to blame things like workload, homework or teachers, but your child’s mental health social relationships and friendships play a very important role in learning too.

Also, if your child is becoming more independent it can be hard to monitor your child’s workload, school attendance and peer relationships as her independence grows.

Young people cope differently. Some young people might need to talk about their problems only when things are really stressful, but others will need more help. Always make out time to talk to your kids, let them have the confidence to come to you at anytime knowing you will always listen.

Raising smart and healthy kids

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Keeping our kids healthy is priority to us as parents, but the current invasion of fast food, sugary snacks, and oversize portions are creating an epidemic of overweight, inactive, and unhealthy kids. The powerful influences of the fast-food industry, omnipresent junk food advertising, and the vicious cycle of TV, computer games, and Internet addictions only make our children more susceptible to a sedentary lifestyle and a lifetime of bad habits and obesity.

You can help your child develop healthy habits early in life that will bring lifelong benefits. As a parent, you can encourage your kids to evaluate their food choice and physical activity habits. Here are some tips and guidelines to get you started.

Be a good role model – children copy what they see their parents do. You don’t have to be perfect all the time, but if kids see you trying to eat right and getting physically active, they’ll take notice of your efforts. You’ll send a message that good health is impor­tant to your family.

Be positive – develop in them a positive attitude to life. This will help them in making life choices that will affect their future. Kids don’t like to hear what they can’t do, tell them what they can do instead. Keep it fun and positive. Everyone likes to be praised for a job well done. Celebrate successes and help children and teens develop a good self-image.

Keep the family together – do things as a family, dish out responsibilities to every party this will ensure togetherness and team spirit, Plan times for everyone to get moving together. Take walks, ride bikes, go swimming, garden or just play hide-and-seek outside. Everyone will benefit from the exercise and the time together.

Be realistic – Setting realistic goals and limits are key to adopting any new behavior. Small steps and gradual changes can make a big difference in your health over time, so start small and build up.

TV use should be monitored

Try not to use TV as a “baby-sitter” on a regular basis.  Be selective in choosing television shows for children. Some shows can be educational as well as entertaining. These habits lead to a sedentary lifestyle and excessive snacking, which increase risks for obesity and cardiovascular disease.  you can Limit screen time to 2 hours per day.

Encourage physical activities– Every child is unique. Let your child experiment with different activities until they find something that they really love doing. They’ll stick with it longer if they love it. 

 Give children unconditional love. Love, security and acceptance should be at the heart of family life.  Children need to know that your love does not depend on his or her accomplishments. Mistakes or defeats should be expected and accepted. Confidence grows in a home that is full of unconditional love and affection.

Encourage Children to Play To children, play is just fun. However, playtime is as important to their development as food and good care. Playtime helps children be creative, learn problem-solving skills and learn self-control.  Good, hardy play, which includes running and yelling, is not only fun, but helps children to be physically and mentally healthy.

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We know that getting involved in your child’s school can be demanding; Even if you can’t volunteer to do work at the school building, you can help your child learn when you’re at home. The key question is, “What can I do at home, easily and in a few minutes a day, to reinforce and extend what the school is doing?”

Parents can also get involved in the schools in another way namely, on the policy-making level. Many schools have “parent advisory councils, which help determine the direction of the school. Also, school boards need candidates for their seats, as well as volunteers to serve on special committees that evaluate everything from curriculum to school safety. Whether your kids are just starting kindergarten or entering the final year of high school, there are many good reasons for parents to volunteer at school. It’s a great way to show your kids that you take an interest in their education, and it sends a positive message that you consider school a worthwhile cause.

Reasons to Get Involved:

Not only will the school reap the benefits of your involvement you will, too. By interacting with teachers, administrators, and other parents on a regular basis, you’ll gain a firsthand understanding of your child’s daily activities. You’ll also tap into trends and fads of school life that can help you communicate with your kids as they grow and change (all without intruding on their privacy or personal space). Even if you haven’t been involved in the past, it’s never too late to start.

Parent Participation: How to Get Involved in Your Child’s School Activities

Parent involvement in a child’s education is crucial. When parents get involved in their children’s education, children are more likely to do better in school, be better behaved, have more positive attitudes toward school, and grow up to be more successful in life.

Fortunately, the relationship between parents and the school staff is usually quite good. In most instances teachers and principals welcome your input and your hands-on involvement in the school. Active involvement in the parent-teacher association (PTA) is an excellent way to provide the school with your help and input in an organized way.

One of the best starting points for getting involved is a parent-teacher conference or open house. These are usually scheduled early in each school year, and are a great opportunity to approach your child’s teachers or principal about volunteer involvement.

If you have something to offer, or if you just want to help out in whatever way you can, discuss the possibilities with teachers, who might arrange something with you personally or direct you to a department head or administrator who can answer your questions and make suggestions. It’s also a good idea to join the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) or parents’ advisory council. Occasionally, the relationship among teachers, administrators, and enthusi­astic mothers or fathers becomes strained and frustrating for all parties. Whether parents are lobbying for a new program for their child’s school or are trying to serve as an advocate for their own child, who might be having difficulty with a particular subject area or teacher, their input can sometimes be perceived as more disruptive than helpful, no matter how well-intentioned it may be.

To make your rparticipating parentrelationship with the school productive, show the staffs re­spect, listen to their point of view, exhibit some flexibility, and find compro­mises whenever possible. Both you and the school have the same goal in mind—to educate your child—so try to work with the teacher and staff rather than assuming an adversarial stance.

The best way to stay involved in your child’s school activities

Attend school events: events like sports and concerts, student exhibitions, parent-teacher meetings, parents’ night, and awards events.

Learn what the school offers: Read the information the school sends home, and ask to receive information in your native language if necessary. Talk to other parents to find out what programs the school offers. Maybe there’s a music program, after-school activity, sports team, or tutoring program your child would enjoy. Remember to keep track of events throughout the school year; you can do this by joining the schools social networks.

Attend parent organization meetings: At most schools, a group of parents meets regularly to talk about the school. This group is usually called the PTA. The meetings give you a good chance to talk with other parents and to work together to improve the school, as well as the chance to voice your hopes and concerns for your child and for the school. Help organize parent-teacher meetings around your interests and those of other parents. If you are unable to attend these meetings, ask that the minutes of the meetings be sent to you. Or, find out if the school makes these minutes available on its Web site.