Parent Tips

Guidelines for Living with Children

Here are some wonderful tips to help you and your child!

  • Ask a child “Do you want…” only when you really intend to give them a choice. Be prepared to accept his right to decide: “No, I don’t want to…”
  • Put suggestions or directions for behavior in positive rather than negative form. Avoid “don’t”. Children are doers, not “don’t-ers”.
  • Build a positive self-image in the child by your interaction with them. Belittling, shaming or labeling as “bad”, “naughty”, etc. do not encourage self-esteem.
  • Avoid comparing one child with another.
  • Avoid competitive situations where children compare themselves with others.
  • Encourage the child to become the best that they can be.
  • Use simple language and a clear, firm voice when setting limits.
  • Save shouting for an emergency only.
  • Avoid making models in are media for children to copy.
  • Show the possibilities of new materials without models.
  • Give the children the help that they need, but do not do for them what they can do for themselves, just because you can do it better or faster. Exception – when a child is having a bad day or isn’t feeling well.
  • Help each child to experience success as often as possible.
  • Commend their efforts and successes if they are trying their best.
  • Avoid using the word “nice” at all. It infers a judgment about a child or their work which is not ours to make. Instead use words like “polite, thoughtful, considerate” for behavior and phrases like “I see you spent a lot of time on that” or “Your work has a lot of red in it”, etc. for projects.
  • Reinforce your words, directions and suggestions with appropriate accompanying action.
  • Follow through and be clear.
  • Encourage the children to care for and clean-up their own areas. Remember, it is their job to care for their own materials. You are the helpful teacher who assists them.

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