Have you ever wondered why your toddler’s favorite word seems to be ‘why?’ Have your older children lost their curious drive or do they no longer ‘care’ why something is the way it is? You may have even been told that ‘Curiosity killed the cat,’ but let’s look at some reasons why curiosity should be encouraged and fostered in our children.
Your child is headed off to college. Parents, congratulations for a job well done. You have invested 18 years to ‘train this child in the way he/she should go’. Now what do you do? As your heart prepares to walk out the door, here are some tips that may help with the transition:
Every child is different, of course, but many of us have had a child (or were the child) that did everything well. Whether it was God-given talent and ability or a lot of hard work, or both, these kids are accustomed to success. These kids make the teams, win the awards, and get the A’s. Lots of A’s. Unfortunately, these are often the kids who are most shaken when things don’t go their way - when they get that first B.
While we as parents may not want to celebrate the B with our child, we can definitely take the opportunity to help our child learn a few important lessons through their 'B'.
Last week we introduced tips on how to parent the middle school student and the first four important topics we discussed were:
1. ENCOURAGE INDEPENDENCE; 2. LEAD THEM TO LEAD; 3. TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE TREATED; and 4. TEACHERS ARE ON YOUR TEAM
Here are some further helpful hints that have been learned along the way:
Transitioning from parenting an elementary school aged student (5-10) to a middle school in San Diego aged student (11-14) can be a confusing and frustrating time. There's a lot of change and growth that takes place in kids as the prefrontal cortex of the brain starts developing around age 11, and personalities and learning style can sometimes seemingly change overnight. There is also a significant adjustment to new surroundings and schedules at school: multiple teachers, subjects, classrooms, and expectations, all with an alternating schedule. I think it's safe to say your child may struggle. They need you to be quick to encourage them and reinforce your confidence in them. There will be a transitional period for everyone and it will take time, but you must remember: time is on your side -- it’s only middle school.
Parenting this age calls for wisdom and much flexibility. There needs to be more room for independence as your child becomes more self-aware, opinionated, and naturaly desiring more freedom and responsibility. As parents, a transition may occur to add the roles of a coach and a cheerleader while continuing in the many other pre-existing roles we might be still learning.
With all this in mind, here are some helpful hints to help parents through this transitional period:
So often parents “shop” for the perfect kindergarten for their child’s educational journey to begin. But are parents really stopping to consider the actual needs of their child before finding the “perfect” kindergarten?
Consider this as a checklist of opportunities when beginning the educational journey for your child, from what to look for when choosing the right school, to tapping into your child’s needs, and then taking it to the next level of how to prepare your child for the most successful Kindergarten in San Diego experience.
Are your children spending time on your device or maybe even their own? Do you know what applications they are using? What websites are they viewing? With technology changing so quickly, our children are one step ahead of us. Once we have a grasp of the newest and greatest, the next best thing is out and we haven’t caught up yet. While it sometimes feels like we won’t be able to keep up, there are a few things that we can do to help manage our kids’ tech lives, and more importantly, to help them manage it themselves.