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The Importance of Early Education

December 20, 2017

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Studies have shown that a child’s earliest years of development are the most critical. Early Education takes place from birth to age 5. A child’s brain is 75 percent developed by age 5. It has grown dramatically by producing billions of cells and hundreds of trillions of connections during this time. Brain development is Activity Dependent and children who enter school with rich experiences have strengthened the development of brain connections. “85 percent of who you are–your intellect, your personality, your social skills– is developed by age 5. Shouldn’t parents and teachers invest where it makes the most difference.” (MA. Early Education For All.)

Studies have shown the immediate effects of preschool education for children during their first 5 years of life. Children are like sponges; they soak in knowledge and continue to learn on a daily basis. It is essential to instill the idea of education and learning in children from a very early age, even before they start Pre- School. This helps young minds develop an interest in learning and prepares them for formal school. It is important to introduce your children to preschool skill building and intellectual learning programs that build a solid foundation that lasts a lifetime.

A well designed Pre-School Educational program produces long-term improvement in school success; which includes higher achievement test scores, lower rates of grade retention and higher educational attainment. Research has also shown that starting early learning increases a child’s performance throughout their Elementary School years and drastically reduces high school or college dropout rate and has shown excellent adult productivity.

The idea of early education can also be introduced by reading daily. Introducing a child to reading at an early age will help prepare students for Kindergarten. Begin by identifying the letters of the alphabet. Then teach your child the sounds each letter makes. Find a book that your child is interested in and read daily. This will make Reading both fun and engaging.

Early Reading is essential for developing good readers. Research shows that starting your child reading early gives an advantage in school. Children who start reading before first grade maintain their “lead” in reading and comprehension. Early readers are also likelier to excel in other academic subjects.

Increasing public awareness concerning the importance of preschool education for children can produce substantial educational, social, economic and educational benefits! This should be the fore-front of governmental debates to ensure quality education for all children.

Teach Your Child To Read: Read to Succeed!

December 20, 2017

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I have been teaching Pre-School for the last 20 years. The question I often get asked by parents is, “How do I teach my child to read?” The concept is simple: Consistency, Repetition and Imitation. It really doesn’t matter WHAT you are teaching your child-it could be telling time, it could be tying a shoe; it could be riding a bike. The most important thing to remember is that you must reinforce any concept on a daily basis.

Each morning I sit my students down on a large area rug and we do a 10 minute circle time. My circle time includes: The Alphabet Song, Counting to 20, Months of the Year, Days of the Week, Colors and Shapes. I also throw in, “What year is it?” and start with Two thousand and… A child always yells out “14!” My next question is “What month is it?” I start sounding out the name of the month which is displayed brightly on our calendar. It is currently September so I would begin by sounding out the word. By doing this daily my students can recite this to me and they can recite this to their parents and to anyone else who is willing to listen!

What does all this mean?

Consistent-

To be consistent means that you must practice a concept each day.

Repetition-

Repetition means that if you want to learn the Alphabet song, then you should sing the Alphabet song over and over each day.

Imitation-

Parents should model good reading habits even if it is just by reading a newspaper or even a magazine daily. If you read daily, your child will want to read daily.

“7” Read to Succeed Strategies!

Children are learning from the moment they are born and absorb whatever we teach them. Introducing “reading” to a young child can be done simply by reading each day. Make it a daily routine. It could be after school, or it could be before bed. Whatever you choose will become an expected daily event. Read a loud to your child and follow each word with your finger. Reading a loud to children helps to broaden their vocabulary and develop their knowledge of different types of print. Eventually a child will learn that print is read from left to right and from the top of the page to the bottom. They will learn to correlate the spoken words with the printed words.

1. Read 15 to 20 minutes per day.

2. Keep a variety of books on hand.

3. Discuss the story as you read.

4. Read out loud using funny voices and act the story out. (This keeps a child’s attention.)

5. Point to the words as you read.

6. Create flash cards that help identify letters. If you have mastered letter recognition then create flash cards that teach letter sounds. If that is mastered then start sounding out or decoding words.

(Helpful Hint: Learn 3 letters or letter sounds at a time, once that is mastered add two more, then when those 3 are mastered, add two more, until all 26 letters or letter sounds are completed or known)

7. Read everything! Street signs, Store Signs, Menu’s, Billboards, etc.

Please keep in mind the earlier in a child’s life you begin to read, the better your child will be. Make it fun, make it engaging, and ultimately make a solid foundation that begins your child’s educational journey.

Home Security Tips You Must Teach Your Kids

December 20, 2017

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When it comes to kids’, parents are always proactive about their protection, especially when leaving them alone at home. But, the question is what all should they do to ensure their child’s safety when they are not around?

While there are lots of things that they can do, however, the most important one is to teach them some significant security tips. Basically, it is the responsibility of parents to educate their kids about some safe keeping ideas which can come in handy whether or not they are with their juniors. So, following are the Home Security Tips that you must share with your little ones:

1) Restrict the Social Media Postings:

As nowadays everyone is socially active, including young ones, thus, it becomes imperative to make them understand that they have to be careful while sharing information on social channels as this might lead to burglary and other undesirable incidents. Share with them the situations and convey them the consequences. Also, instruct them not to share personal information online like vacation plans or trips (If they are very keen, then ask them to post things after coming back).

2) Display Good Behavior:

Do things that you want your kids to grasp. They learn what they see. So, try to display things through your behavior first like closing doors & windows before leaving the house. Parents may even involve their offspring in these tasks as well.

3) Make your Kids learn the Emergency Numbers:

Tell your children about 911 and other emergency contact numbers, including your number and numbers of some trusted people. Guardians can even pen down these numbers and keep them besides land line phone. Also, making them learn the home address by heart can be pretty useful specifically in case they call 911 and they have to convey operator about it.

4) Install and Instruct about the Security Systems:

Positioning security systems like security alarms, security cameras, etc. will give you peace of mind when you are out. As children are mischievous, thus, they might end up doing some pranks or something naughty which you might not be happy about. And, to hide their activities they might deactivate the cameras for a while. So, instruct your kids strictly not to tamper with the security cameras. Also, share with them how to arm and disarm the alarm systems.

5) Unknown Parcels should not be accepted:

Kids should be guided not to accept any courier parcel which they don’t know about or for which their parents didn’t mention anything beforehand.

6) Educate about when to answer the door:

If your descendants are alone and the need to answer the door, they should know that they have to look through the peephole first to see if it is a known face or not. And, if it is an unknown face, then they should answer through the intercom or open the door with the door chain latched. Also, while communicating with the stranger, children should inform that their parents are in the neighborhood or have gone to some nearby market and will be back in a few minutes, thus, requesting the person to come again later.

7) Train them how to answer the calls:

When you are away and your little darlings receive a call, they should be edified not to give their details on the phone rather, ask for the name of the person on the other side and take down the message. Also, they shouldn’t let the fact get conveyed to the other person that they are alone at home. Instead, they can portray that their elders are occupied with some important work and will get back to them soon.

So, these are some easy tips that all guardians should teach to their sons and daughters.

Does Technology Benefit Young Children’s Education?

December 19, 2017

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As parents, all of us have fought the battle with our kids as they are absorbed into a video game or movie on an iPad, tablet or smartphone. We’ve had a better chance of getting the attention of Tom Cruise walking the red carpet than our kids.

Today, it’s common for two-year-olds to be using iPads, elementary schoolers hooked up to video games, and we all suffer (or live with) the challenge of prying your middle-schooler away from the computer long enough to eat a decent meal…

Technology is everywhere and its draw on kids is obvious, but is technology helping our kids learn?
Technology is becoming more social, adaptive, and customized, and as a result, it can be a fantastic teaching tool. That stated, as parents, we need to establish boundaries.

Today, software is connecting kids to online learning communities, tracking kids’ progress through lessons and games, and customizing each students’ experience.

By the time your child is in elementary school, they will probably well-versed in technology.

Learning with Technology at School
Schools are investing more and more in technology. Whether your child’s class uses an interactive Smartboard, laptops, or another device, here are three ways to make sure that technology is used effectively.

Young children love playing with technology, from iPads to digital cameras. What do early childhood practitioners – and parents, too – need to think about before handing kids these gadgets?

Let’s start at the beginning: what is technology in early childhood?
Technology can be as simple as a camera, audio recorder, music player, TV, DVD player, or more recent technology like iPads, tablets, and smartphones used in child care centers, classrooms, or at home.

More than once, I’ve had teachers tell me, “I don’t do technology.” I ask them if they’ve ever taken a digital photo of their students, played a record, tape, or DVD, or give kids headphones to listen to a story.

Teachers have always used technology. The difference is that now teachers are using really powerful tools like iPads and iPhones in their personal and professional lives.

Technology is just a tool.
It shouldn’t be used in classrooms or child care centers because it’s cool, but because teachers can do activities that support the healthy development of children.

Teachers are using digital cameras – a less flashy technology than iPads – in really creative ways to engage children in learning. That may be all they need.

At the same time, teachers need to be able to integrate technology into the classroom or child care center as a social justice matter.

We can’t assume that all children have technology at home.

A lack of exposure could widen the digital divide – that is, the gap between those with and without access to digital technology – and limit some children’s school readiness and early success.

Just as all children need to learn how to handle a book in early literacy, they need to be taught how to use technology, including how to open it, how it works, and how to take care of it.

Experts worry that technology is bad for children.

There are serious concerns about children spending too much time in front of screens, especially given the many screens in children’s lives.

Today, very young children are sitting in front of TVs, playing on iPads and iPhones, and watching their parents take photos on a digital camera, which has its own screen.

There used to be only the TV screen.

That was the screen we worried about and researched for 30 years.

We as a field know a whole lot about the impact of TV on children’s behavior and learning, but we know very little about all the new digital devices.

The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages screen time for children under two years old, but the NAEYC/Fred Rogers position statement takes a slightly different stance.

It says that technology and media should be limited, but what matters most is how it is used.

What is the content?

Is it being used in an intentional manner?

Is it developmentally appropriate?

As parents, we need to be aware of the drawbacks of technology and its impact on eyesight, vocabulary and physical development. We also need to be cognizant of our kids overall development,

My advice to teachers and parents is to trust your instincts. You know your child and if you think they have been watching the screen too long, turn it off.

It’s up to us, as parents, to notice that your child’s computer time is reducing or limiting interactions and playtime with other kids and nudge them in new directions. To encourage them to be physically active, to get outside and play.

It’s also up to the adult to understand the child’s personality and disposition and to figure out if a technology is one of the ways the child chooses to interact with the world.

At the same time, cut yourself some slack.

We all know that there are better things to do with children’s time than to plop them in front of a TV, but we also know that child care providers have to make lunch, and parents need time to take a shower.

In situations like that, it is the adult’s job to make the technology time more valuable and interactive by asking questions and connecting a child’s virtual experience on the screen with real-life experiences in her world.

Learning with Technology at Home
Whether you’re giving your child your smart screen phone to entertain them, or it’s your toddlers’ preferred playtime is on an iPad or tablet, here are eight ways to make sure your child’s experiences with technology are educational and fun.

Focus on Active Engagement

Any time your child is engaged with a screen, stop a program, or mute the commercials, and ask engaging questions. What was that character thinking? Why did the main character do that? What would you have done in that situation?

Allow for Repetition DVDs and YouTube videos add an essential ingredient for young minds which is repetition. Let your young child to watch the same video over and over, and ask him what he noticed after each viewing.

Make it Tactile Unlike computers that require a mouse to manipulate objects on the screen, iPads, tablets and smartphones allow kids manipulate “physical” objects with their fingers.

Practice Problem Solving An emerging category of games will force your child to solve problems as they play, potentially building concentration and analytical skills in the process; although the jury is still out on this. There is no clinical data that supports the marketing message of app makers.

Encourage Creation Use technology for creation, not just entertainment. Have your child record a story on your iPod, or sing a song into your video game system. Then, create an entirely new sound using the playback options, slow down and speed up their voice and add different backgrounds and beats until they’ve created something uniquely theirs.

Show Him How to Use It Many computer games have different levels and young children may not know how to move up or change levels. If your child is stuck on one level that’s become too easy, ask if he knows how to move up and help him if he wants more of a challenge.

Ask Why If your child is using an app or game the “wrong” way, always pressing the incorrect button, for example, ask them why. It may be that they like hearing the noise the game makes when they get the question wrong, or they might be stuck and can’t figure out which group of objects match number four.

Focus on Play Young kids should be exploring and playing with technology. This should be considered play, and not a focus on drilling skills.

Ask For Your Own Log-In Often, school programs come with a parent log-in that will allow you to see your child’s progress. If it doesn’t, ask to see the reports that a teacher has access to. Then, check his progress every few weeks. It’s a great way for you and your child to be on the same page about their progress.

Ask About Teacher Training Technology is often implemented in classrooms without appropriate professional development. If your child’s classroom is using a whole-class system, such as Clickers or an Interactive Smartboard, ask how it’s used in class and what training the teacher has had. “As a parent, you want to know if teachers feel well trained and they’re putting [new technologies] to good use.

Find Parent Resources One of the best ways that technology can help your child is by helping you learn more about learning.

Computers, smartphones, and tablets aren’t going away, but with a few tweaks and consideration, you can make your child’s technology-time productive, educational, and fun!

Let’s be honest. Most children can use a mouse, open and close apps, and even search the internet by the time they are three years old.

Once they have the cognitive ability, it’s time to talk with your child about internet safety.

Set clear guidelines and internet safety rules about what types of media are acceptable and carefully support and monitor your child’s technology use.

Tell your child to never share her name, address, or personal information online or on social media.

Talk with your child about what to do if he comes across inappropriate content (close the screen and alert you), and make sure you have a high-quality web filter and security system in place.

Wrapping it Up
Help your child understand that technology is just one of many tools for learning. Download educational games, read books and conduct research. When your child asks a question, conduct an Internet search to find the answer.

Before you press the off button, consider the ways that you can maximize your child’s technology time at home and school.

Divorce: When Grandparents Interfere With Parenting

December 19, 2017

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It is not uncommon that after a divorce or separation that one parent needs to move in with their own parents in order to make financial ends meet. What happens when the grandparents become overly involved in parenting the grandchildren during visitation?

Let’s take a look at Joe and Sarah.

Joe left the marital residence and moved in with his parents. Joe and Sarah found some common parenting ground and established rules for both parents to follow with their children.

The problem: Joe’s parents have additional rules in their household. Some are contradictory to the ones that Joe and Sarah have come up with in their co-parenting agreement. When the children become confused by the contradictory rules, they begin to act out.

Joe, feeling like he is caught between a rock and a hard place (his parent’s rules and the co parent agreement) doesn’t know what to do but tries his best. When his best fails, his parents step in and take over the parenting role leaving Joe to look powerless in his children’s eyes. When Joe’s parents aren’t around, it becomes a free for all for the children and Joe has no control over the situation.

Wow!!! What to do? Let’s start by exploring the grandparent role.

Grandparents have a very important role in grandchildren’s lives. When you are a grandparent your role switches from parent to the soft place for kids to fall. Your time with your grandchildren should be fun and one that you all enjoy. When your grandchildren come from a divorced home, it is more important than ever that you remain in the neutral position.

So, why are Joe’s parents leaving that role? Because Joe is having problems parenting.

I understand that you to want to jump in and parent the grandchildren. After all, that is what you have done the majority of your life but that is not your job. That is Joe’s job. So, the real question is, how can you help Joe without actually jumping in to the parenting role?

When the children are getting out of hand, this is your opportunity to step in and offer the children a diversion or a fun activity that they can do with you. This stops the behavior and gives Joe a few minutes to collect himself. By choosing this step it leaves Joe’s reputation as the “parent” in-tact and eliminating the problem that Joe has when parenting the children alone.

After the children leave, that is the time that you can sit Joe down and talk to him about his parenting skills. If you are truly concerned that he is having problems keeping things in hand, then offer suggestions of parenting classes, parent therapy or parent coaching. By offering these suggestions, it puts you in the neutral position.
I understand that you have raised your children with success but your parenting beliefs and methods may not be the ones that Joe and Sarah have agreed upon. If you choose to advise Joe on parenting methods, you are setting yourself up to be blamed for any future problems between Joe and Sarah when it comes to peacefully co-parenting their children. Why put yourself in that position?

By choosing these steps, it sets Joe up to be a successful parent and allows you to be your grandchildren’s soft place to fall. What better place is there to be?

Families Need Grandparents

December 19, 2017

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A grandparent is no longer synonymous with the rosy-cheeked grandmother baking apple pies or the old granddad in his rocking chair with his pipe and slippers. They are far more likely these days to be found improving their handicap on the golf course, enjoying a walking holiday, enrolling for an assortment of classes or undertaking valuable voluntary work. However grandparents are also playing an increasingly important role in families as more and more marriages break up and families become a complex mix of people, roles and relationships.

Sometimes in a breakup one set of grandparents may be relied on quite heavily, whilst the other set can end up feeling almost estranged from their grandchildren. Sometimes step-grandparents may be introduced. These situations can require especial tact and sensitivity as the new relationships are negotiated.

Let’s look at why families need grandparents and consider some of the things they are able to contribute:

– Time. Notwithstanding the many demands on their time grandparents often have more latitude with their schedules than their own children have. They are often in a better position to be flexible in the mornings or after school, they are often happy to find a couple hours to go to a football match, sit and tell stories, play games or help with homework. They are often better placed to be more flexible with their arrangements.

– Patience is demonstrated by their readiness to answer the same questions over and over again, to re-read the same book out loud, tell the same story with a ready smile, showing no hint of complaint or irritation. Parents may be too busy, stressed and time-constrained to be able to spare the time or effort for such activities but a grandparent is ideally suited to this role and is often pleased to have been asked.

– Wisdom. They have often accumulated the answers to many childish questions over the years or know where to go to find the information needed. Grandparents have also acquired the wisdom to listen quietly without judgement, to wait until they have all the information before they the decide on the best way to proceed. They often have the wisdom to know exactly what is the right thing to say or do, the times when a hug is all that is needed to solve a problem.

– Experience is gained through mistakes as well as successes, through reflection, discussion with others over the years, seeing what worked, what should or could have been done differently. Grandchildren are often the ones who truly benefit from that experience, the years of practice raising their own children. There are unlikely to be many things that grandparents haven’t seen or heard before and as such they are often able to put things into perspective.

– Discretion is different from keeping secrets and is often about making the right call in sensitive situations. Being able to pause in a situation rather than instantly react to it, providing a safe place for children to discuss their fears, feelings, concerns and problems, not catastrophising situations but providing a calm haven to look at what’s happened and find the best next step.

– Money and financial support can be an important part of why families need grandparents. Divorce, redundancy, debt can all cause terrible strain on a family’s ability to cope. Grandparents may be more comfortably off financially, are at a different stage in their lives, often with less overheads. Helping out with school fees, holidays, household expenses can take the pressure off a family and enable them to have a more stress free time with a better quality of life.

Grandparents often have learned to revise their priorities over the years; they have a better sense of what really matters, what’s important in life. They are often less concerned with status, appearances or impressing others. For them children’s happiness and security is often their main priority. Bringing a calmer mindset and a loving attitude into a stressed family can benefit all and provide everyone with a more secure sense of family and wellbeing. This is all part of why families need grandparents.

Six Important Life Skills Children Learn In Preschool

December 19, 2017

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A child learns constantly. Every new experience creates opportunities for acquiring life lessons. Preschool teaches and reinforces skills in a nurturing setting. By interacting with each other and receiving gentle guidance from teachers, preschoolers learn valuable skills, qualities, and values.

Making Good Decisions

When young children interact with each other, there are plenty of opportunities to learn from choices that are made. As they play and work together on an activity, they quickly decipher which behaviors are acceptable and which are not. They get to test boundaries while seeing the direct consequences of their actions. Through their interactions, they learn, for example, that cooperation is met with approval while pushing or grabbing leads to lost privileges. By playing out different scenarios and experiencing the outcome of different choices, children figure out how to make good decisions in a safe group setting.

Communicating Well

Through songs, play, and age-appropriate lessons, young students learn how to communicate well. In addition to acquiring basic writing skills, they are practicing how to speak in complete sentences, how to verbally ask for what they want, and how to explain their point of view. Each school day provides new opportunities to verbalize ideas and express them to peers and patient teachers. Communication may be simple at first, but with practice even the quietest preschooler will soon know how to communicate effectively one-on-one and in a group.

Making Friends

This important lifelong skill can blossom in preschool. Young children learn the essentials that go into making a friendship. They figure out how to be a good friend, and they have the opportunity to experience friendships with classmates who may have different interests, abilities, and backgrounds.

Helping Others

Children have a natural desire to help others. When preschool teachers trained in classroom dynamics and human behavior guide this innate inclination, a child can display qualities like compassion and empathy. In class, children are encouraged to help one another. When a preschooler sees classmates helping each other, it strengthens that innate desire to help others.

Sharing

A preschool setting also strongly nurtures sharing. An activity like coloring, for example, naturally creates the opportunity to share crayons. Playing with toys, puzzles, and building blocks also leads to informal lessons on cooperating and sharing, as well as patience, taking turns, and working together as a team.

Developing Confidence

The early classroom setting offers excellent opportunities to try new things and, over time, excel at them. This process of trying something repeatedly until achieving success is the way to develop confidence. Also, activities that give a child the chance to contribute in a visible, meaningful way build self-confidence.

Participating in show-and-tell or serving as a classroom helper can increase and reinforce a sense of confidence in every preschooler. This can-do attitude developed early in life will carry over into primary and secondary grades to give each child the necessary internal strength to embrace life confidently at every stage.

Learning Toys Stimulate Children

December 19, 2017

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Parents that are wading through an ocean of toys for their children have an arduous task to find mind stimulating and mind creative ones. All parents want their children to develop to the highest degree possible. To do this parents want toys to help guide their children in the right direction from a “having fun” point of view so that the child wants to play with the toy. This means parents start doing this at a very young age for the child. This automatically starts the bonding between parent and child.

Research has shown learning through playing and having fun has proven to accelerate a child’s creativity and imagination. Learning toys foster imaginative play and allow children to explore social roles, situations. Learning toys that encourage this are more important today than ever before. Learning toys help to promote hand-eye coordination, problem solving skills and the wonders of how things work and grow. This provides a child the best of all worlds available from learning to fun entertainment.

Numerous times during a child’s growing years, they find themselves playing independently. This allows them the feeling of being in control of their learning… at their own pace. The feeling of accomplishment when they build something with their own hands when playing or using these type of learning toys gives them the confidence they can do anything.

Today’s learning toys have developed like everything else. Toys labeled “S.T.E.M” – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – allows and gives a child the ability to learn in a positive way sparking their interest in learning in these areas that other toys can’t and won’t do. These are the learning toys that parents want their children to have for a positive impact on their education. These are the toys that care givers and schools should have available for their children to interact with.

These type of toys should be the first items considered/packed when a vacation is being planned. These learning toys will entertain and occupy the child while traveling to the destination. Also keep in mind the diversity of these type of toys as there are numerous of these that can be played with outside. These will provide hours of family fun and/or fun with the child’s friend(s). A child’s room filled with learning toys sets a strong education foundation that will give him/her an advantage in school. Brain growth at an early age is very important as it allows them to absorb the world around them which means they have jump a start in their school years to come.

Learning with the use of toys is great for children and their parents. This creates wonderful time spent together with parents and friends.The learning experience gives them a great advantage before life in school begins.

12 Tips to Boost Your Child’s Self Confidence

December 19, 2017

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The world can be a confusing and challenging place. It’s especially true for a child. Children don’t have a lot of control over their lives. They also have to spend all day with other children, who can be less than supportive and encouraging.

It’s your responsibility as a parent to ensure that your child has a healthy level of self-confidence.

Try these tips to boost your child’s self-confidence and watch them bloom:

1. Work on your self-confidence. If your confidence is low, others can see that, including your children. They grow to view that lack of self-confidence as normal and mimic your behavior and attitude.

2. Avoid helicopter parenting. You might think that you’re helping your child by protecting them from every little thing that might harm them, but you might be doing more harm than good. Dealing with life’s minor hiccups on their own teaches them how capable they can be.

3. Help your child to set and reach appropriate goals. Regardless of age, few things will do more to boost someone’s self-confidence than setting a meaningful goal and achieving it. Set goals that aren’t too challenging to make.

4. Too much praise can be a bad thing. When you’re always telling your child how perfect they are, they can fall into the trap needing to be perfect all the time. Or, they might be confused by your obviously inaccurate praise.

5. Allow your child to make choices. Sure, your child’s blue shirt and bedazzled jeans might be the perfect outfit for the family reunion, but why not give your child a few choices that work for you and allow them to make the final decision? You’ll both win.

6. Encourage effort. It can be easy to feel engulfed when things don’t turn out as planned, especially for a child. Take the attitude that it’s not a big deal and that things often don’t work out. Reassure your child to keep trying and not to be upset.

7. Give your child chores and ensure that they perform them. Tasks aren’t fun, but there is a sense of accomplishment when completed. Let your child feel successful each day by completing their chores.

8. Be affectionate with your child. Affection lets your child know they are important and loved. Tell your child you love them at least once each day.

9. Avoid comparing your child to other children. Asking your child why they can’t do as well as little Johnny only destroys their self-confidence.

10. Compliment those things that are unique to your child. It might be their height, flaming red hair, or their imagination. Differences can be sources of self-doubt. Make your child’s differences a strength.

11. Encourage your child to try new activities. Pursuing a desire is a great way to build self-confidence. The process of making a decision and moving forward with it can boost self-assurance. Your child is also likely to find something they excel and enjoy.

12. Think about other ways to boost your child’s self-confidence. Your child is unique, so the strategies that will raise their self-confidence might be novel, too.

Self-confidence can be challenging to develop for a child. They feel awkward and unsure about the world. Their peers are often unkind, too. Parents can do a lot to build or to undermine a child’s self-confidence. Help your child to face the world confidently.

Does Your Child Need Individual Tutoring?

December 19, 2017

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At some point, almost every child struggles in school. Tougher academic standards and increasing class sizes have made it harder for kids to keep up with rigorous course content. Also, failing to master a critical concept in reading or math may create a spiraling effect that can leave kids falling further behind. When you notice your kid’s grades dropping or homework becomes a major battle, individual tutoring is an option that provides multiple benefits for getting them back on track.

Choose Professional Tutors

It may be tempting to ask your neighbor’s teenager to tutor your fifth grader. However, professional educators are more equipped to handle academic struggles while keeping lessons interesting enough that your kid will stay engaged. Experienced teachers have undergone training and certification processes that enable them to tailor lessons to teach kids the concepts they need to be successful in school.

Receive Individualized Support in Math and Reading

When a child struggles in a subject such as science, the problem can often be traced to an issue with reading comprehension or math computation. These two core skills are used in almost every subject, and many kids need individual support to truly understand them. With individualized tutoring, your kid’s tutor can assess their current skills and create a plan that targets their weaknesses. Over time, strengthening reading and math skills leads to higher grades throughout the rest of the curriculum.

Recover Lost Skills

The saying that you better use it or lose it applies to a kid’s acquisition of new skills. Summer and winter breaks, moving and extended absences due to illness all interfere with a kid’s ability to retain new information. Attending tutoring sessions during the summer helps kids keep the skills they learn throughout the school year. After-school tutoring also refreshes skills any time they start to fall behind due to a gap in their attendance.

Get Help with Home Projects

Long-term projects are used by teachers to help kids learn how to organize their work plans and conduct research. Often, very little classroom time is allotted to these projects because they are designed to foster independent learning at home. While these are excellent goals, some kids struggle with completing their homework in the evenings when they are tired from a long day. For this reason, after-school tutoring programs are an ideal time to learn how to create outlines and research a topic while the ideas are still fresh in their mind.

Renew Confidence in Their Abilities

Higher grades and passing test scores are always nice but the most important thing is renewing your child’s self-confidence. Struggling in school takes a toll on their self-esteem, and professional tutors are amazing at drawing out what makes each child unique. Learning how to maximize their strengths as they build upon their skills increases motivation for continued academic improvement.

Academic struggles should always be addressed at the first sign of a problem to prevent a further delay in your kid’s development. Individual tutoring provides benefits that a kid simply cannot receive in a classroom because their tutor can use every minute focusing their instruction to target your kid’s specific learning style and needs. By utilizing the time right after school when kids are still receptive to taking in new information, you can have them looking forward to showing you their next glowing report.