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Monday, April 30, 2018

Keep your eyes out for birds…and science skills

Here's a way to help your child sharpen her powers of observation while learning about nature and birds. With your child, look around your neighborhood for birds. Note the ones you see most often. Ask her to make drawings of them. Can either of you identify them? Then take your child to the library to learn more about the birds you've seen and other birds found in your area.


Tuesday, May 1, 2018
There are lots of ways to celebrate this May!

Think beyond Mother's Day and Memorial Day and plan to celebrate (and learn) with your child on other May holidays. Practice kindness to a pet during Be Kind to Animals Week (May 6-12). Write limericks on Limerick Day (May 12). Write letters to faraway relatives on Visit Your Relatives Day (May 18). Read about aviation on the anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's historic solo flight across the Atlantic (May 21).


Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Practice putting numbers into words

Writing numbers out in word form is a good way for your child to understand the mathematical concept of "place value." Give your child a list of four or five numbers, such as 562, 73, 184, 16 and 43. Have her write them in words: five hundred sixty-two, seventy-three and so on. Then try it in reverse. Give your child the words and ask her to write the numbers.


Thursday, May 3, 2018
Show your child what patience looks like

Children aren't born with a lot of patience and self-control. They need to learn these qualities. But if you are always in a hurry, complaining about traffic delays or saying "Hurry up!" to your child, it will be hard for him to learn patience from you. Model the behavior you want your child to have. Remember, your child may try your patience, but you'll weaken his if you lose your cool.


Friday, May 4, 2018
Inspire your child's motivation to learn

Your child will be more inclined to study if she is motivated to learn than if you nag her. To spark her motivation, be a learner yourself. Show curiosity and tackle new projects. Then share what you learn with your child. Show an interest in what she is learning, too. Above all, express your confidence in your child's ability to learn, and help her see that problems can be solved.


Saturday, May 5, 2018

The future looks bright when you picture the possibilities

Does your child think that success is something that just happens to others? One way to change that mindset is to talk about good things that could "possibly" happen to him. Be creative. Let your child know you see a bright future for him. Chances are, you'll start him thinking about positive possibilities, too. That's an important step toward success.


Sunday, May 6, 2018

Teach your child to cycle safely

Exercise is important to keeping your child healthy and fit to learn. But it is important for your child to exercise safely. Each year thousands of children are injured while riding bicycles. Many of these injuries are preventable. Teach your child about bike safety and supervise when she rides. Make sure she always wears a properly-fitting helmet. And until kids reach age 10, they should not ride bikes in the street. 


Monday, April 23, 2018

See the sights with your child…before you travel

If you are planning a trip, involve your child in researching the places you'll visit. Together, look your destination up in an encyclopedia or on the internet. Help her learn about the history of the places you'll pass. Did any famous people came from the area? Were there battles there? What is the population? Doing some research before you leave will make the trip more interesting for your child.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Give your child the words to defeat impatience

Patience is a necessary skill for school success. To encourage patience, help your child recognize the signs when he is becoming impatient. Is he talking louder or faster? Tapping his foot? Making comments such as, "This is taking forever"? Once he knows the signs, a little self-talk can help. Teach him to tell himself, "Stay calm," "I'm going to be patient" and "Getting upset isn't going to help anything."


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Try a little breakfast reading

Did you ever wonder why cereal boxes have promotions on the back? Manufacturers know that kids read the boxes as they eat. So take a tip from the cereal makers and turn breakfast time into learning time. As your child reads the box, ask questions: "What is bran? What other foods are made from bran?" "Where was this cereal made? Can you find the place on a map?" "What new name would you give this cereal?"


Thursday, April 26, 2018

Add some imagination to make writing practice fun

The best way to become a better writer is to write more. To interest your child in getting some writing practice, ask her to pretend she is an object, such as a mirror, a soccer ball or a frying pan. Then have her write a story about her life as that object. Make sure she gives herself a name, describes what she looks like, what she sounds like, where she lives and what a typical day in her life is like.


Friday, April 27, 2018

Cheer your child on to success with sports

After-school sports give children a chance to learn how to do something well. And succeeding gives them confidence they can use in school, too. It's important, however, to let your child's interest, not yours, motivate which sport he chooses. Just be sure to praise him when he does well and ignore his mistakes. He'll probably get enough knocks on the playing field. Give him hugs at home.


Saturday, April 28, 2018

Prepare for safety before leaving your child alone

Ideally, children should be supervised at all times. But it is also vital to teach them what to do if they must be home alone. Stress that your child must never open the door to a stranger, and never tell a caller on the phone that she is alone. Review safety procedures, such as whom to call in an emergency. For more information, visit the Department of Health and Human Services website: www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/homealone/.


Sunday, April 29, 2018

When you can't listen now, say when you will

You want your child to listen attentively in school. You can help by listening to him. But it can be difficult to give your undivided attention when you're trying to get dinner on the table, the dog is barking and a delivery truck has just arrived. When your child is trying to talk in a setting that makes it difficult to listen, set a time to talk later, when things are calmer. Then follow through.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Surround your child with reading

Experts say that encouraging your child to read may be the most important thing you can do to ensure her school success. To promote reading, set an example. Make sure your child sees you reading. You can also have family members take turns reading favorite parts of books aloud to one another. Keep lots of books, newspapers and magazines around, and go to the library often with your child to find new ones.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Take a stand against name-calling

Name-calling isn't innocent fun. It is a hurtful behavior that goes hand-in-hand with intolerance and exclusion of people who are different. If you discover that your child is calling others inappropriate names, it's time for a talk. Tell your child that you love him and that he is special. Then make it clear that every other person is also special, and that name-calling is always wrong.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Observation is the name of this lemon game

Smart students are good observers. Here's a fun observation challenge for your whole family: Give each family member a lemon. Allow a few minutes for them to observe their lemons and jot down things they notice about them. Next, mix up all the lemons in a bowl and ask everyone to find their own. Discuss which observation made it easiest to identify each person's lemon.


Thursday, April 19, 2018

To promote civil behavior, remember the Golden Rule

It's the Golden Rule: Treat others the way you would like to be treated. And it's key to a happy and productive school environment. One of the best ways to teach your child this rule is to apply it to your own interactions with her. Ask yourself, "Would I want this done to me?" If your answer is no (I wouldn't want to be ridiculed in front of my friends), then ask, "Why would I want to do this to my child?"


Friday, April 20, 2018

Test-taking tips all students should know

Share some basic test-taking tips with your child: If the test allows, he should start with the easiest questions first (he can circle the harder ones to go back to later). Remind him to look for clue words. Sometimes one word will indicate the answer or the way to find it. Tell him not to spend so much time on one question that there's not enough for another. And encourage him to double-check his answers.


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Your child is not like anyone else

Phrases that compare one child to another, such as "Why can't you be more like your brother?" can destroy a child's self-esteem, experts say. Compare your child only to herself. Accept her for who she is. Celebrate her strengths and help her become the best she can be. It may be the most valuable gift you can give her.


Sunday, April 22, 2018

Learning can happen anytime, anywhere

Simple, everyday activities you do with your child can help him learn. At the grocery store, for example, ask your child to figure out the cost of five apples. On the way home, have him point out signs with the word "right." You can also ask "why" and "what if" questions that make your child think: "Why do you think that character is sad?" "What do you think would happen if… ?"


Monday, February 19, 2018

Help your child get the feel of letters

Hands-on activities let children use more than one sense to learn. To help your early reader learn letters, give her some pipe cleaners and have her bend them into letter shapes. You can also make letter puzzles on index cards. Write the capital and lowercase versions of a letter on a card. Repeat for several letters. Cut the cards in half in a curvy pattern, mix them up, and let your child match each capital letter with its lowercase.


Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Questioning the teacher calls for respect 

Teachers are human and can make mistakes. But there is a right way and a wrong way for students to question the teacher. It's disrespectful to stand up in the middle of the class and say, "You're wrong!" and try to prove the teacher incorrect. Instead, teach your child to respectfully ask questions that promote understanding: "Did you mean…?" "Well, what if…?" "What do you think about…?"


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

You don't always have to be the boss

If you have trouble getting your child to listen to you, try transferring your authority to a neutral "boss." For example, when you want your child to finish a chore, complete homework or get ready for bed, set a timer and play Beat the Clock. Your child must complete the activity before the buzzer rings. Kids love it when the kitchen timer is in charge, and you won't have to be the bad guy.


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Follow the footprints to better recall

Here's a way to make memorizing things like math facts more engaging for your child: Cut out a lot of paper footprints. Write a fact on each and place them throughout the house. Have your child follow the footprints, saying each fact out loud. Move the footprints each day. 5 x 7 might be in the hall today and in the kitchen tomorrow


Friday, February 23, 2018
Encourage your child's creative side

Children can sometimes express themselves better through movement or painting than they can in words. To encourage your child's artistic creativity, provide a variety of materials for art projects. Give him a place to work where it's OK if he makes a mess. Expose him to creative works by others, too. Look for opportunities to take your child to plays, concerts and dance performances. Visit an art museum together.


Saturday, February 24, 2018
Give your child the Dos instead of the Don'ts 

"Don't forget your jacket." "Don't run in the street." Sometimes it seems like adults fill kids' heads with all the things they're not supposed to do. The problem is that young children often don't hear the word Don't. Tell your child what behavior you DO want instead: "Take your jacket. Stay on the sidewalk."


Sunday, February 25, 2018

Share a joke and spread the joy of reading

Learning to read can be hard work. So it's important to remind your child how much fun reading can be. Try tucking a joke you've written on silly stationery into your child's lunchbox. When she reads it to her friends, the laughter she hears will make her feel special and proud. And she'll associate those positive feelings with reading.

Monday, February 5, 2018
Build language skills with a guessing game

Homophones are words that sound alike but have different spellings and meanings (heal/heel; bear/bare; weigh/way). To sharpen your child's sense of language, think of a pair of homophones and give her clues to guess it. For example, "I'm thinking of a word that is a letter and a drink" (T/tea). Get started with some of these pairs: ant/aunt; board/bored; hole/whole; meet/meat; rows/rose.


Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Trying hard is the smart thing to do

Success in school, and nearly everything else, depends more on effort than ability. Remind your child that "It's not how smart you are, but what you do with what you have that counts." Encourage him by telling him over and over that you are sure he'll succeed if he keeps at it. And when he's successful, be sure to say "You see? Your hard work paid off."


Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Give your child an audience to read to

Kids enjoy reading to their parents, and listening to your child read is a great way to foster her love of reading. When you're not available, give your child the next best thing: a captive audience. Gather a few stuffed animals and dolls around her. They can listen while she reads. Later, ask your child about her audience's reactions. "What was Monkey's favorite part?" "Did Bear understand the main point?"


Thursday, February 8, 2018
Make time for a bedtime chat

Families are busy, and it can be hard to find time for parents and children to talk. One way is to let bedtime stories turn into bedtime chats. Kids are never too old for evening chats. When the lights are out, a child who might not want to communicate during the day may open up. And the bonds your communication builds will help your child make good choices at home and at school.


Friday, February 9, 2018
An 'F' is feedback for the future

If your child comes home with an "F" on a test, think of the "F" as standing for "feedback." Together, look over the paper. Help your child learn from it by asking questions such as: What kinds of questions did you miss? Did you miss them because of something you didn't read or remember from your notes or the book? What does this test tell you about how you should prepare for the next one?


Saturday, February 10, 2018
Walk away from the 'Last Word Syndrome'

It can be very irritating when a child has to have the last word in every argument, or mumbles negatively under his breath. In these situations, experts suggest that you ignore your child's last words. He may be less likely to talk back if you've ended the conversation, stopped listening and begun to walk away. Wait to discuss provocative situations until a time when neither of you is angry or upset.


Sunday, February 11, 2018
Creating acronyms can help your child remember

To help your child learn lists of words or facts, teach her to use acronyms (words made up from the first letters of a group of words). To remember the names of the Great Lakes, for example, she can think of the acronym HOMES, which stands for Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior. What other acronyms can your child make up for lists of words to remember?


  Monday, December 4, 2017

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When your child has questions, find answers at the library

Children learn by asking questions. Make the most of your child's natural curiosity by using her questions as the basis for a trip to the library. Write them down on index cards, and take the cards along on your next library trip. Help her look for books that might have the answers. Then sit with your child as she reads. Your child will gain some beginning research skills and learn that libraries contain lots of answers!


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

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Stop alcohol and drug abuse before it starts

Here are some facts all parents should know: Kids who begin drinking before age 15 are six times more likely to develop alcohol dependence during their lifetimes than those who start after age 21. The median age for first alcohol abuse among teens is 14, and the most commonly abused drugs among 12-13 year olds are alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and prescription medicines. It's also true that kids who learn a lot about the risks of drugs and alcohol from their parents from elementary school on are 50 percent less likely to use them.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

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Get help if you see the warning signs of violence

Psychologists who study youth who commit violent acts point to warning signs of the potential for violent behavior. These include: having been a victim of bullying, having witnessed violence in the home, a history of discipline problems or frequent conflicts with authority, and a history of cruelty to animals. If your child has these, see a counselor or other professional. Learn what you can do to prevent violent behavior.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

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Friendships often start with an encouraging word

Children like to be friends with kids who accept them and build them up. To help your child learn to encourage others, talk together about people who are encouragers. What do they say? Together, brainstorm a list of supportive statements, such as "Good answer!" "Nice try!" or "Great idea!" Use the statements often with your child. Hearing them from you will make him more likely to use them with others.


Friday, December 8, 2017

Make appointments for fun with your child

Do you want to read, play games and bake cookies with your child but never seem to find the time? Make a pledge today to schedule those fun times. Write them on the calendar. Then, if someone asks you to do something at that time, you can say "I have something on the calendar already." Spending time with your child is important. Don't leave it to chance.


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Genuine praise can see kids through tough times

Praising children can boost their self-esteem and help them persevere when things aren't going well. But sometimes, it can be hard to find something nice to say. Kids always know when you're lying, so if you your child is struggling, try to focus on something she has done right. You might also say "That was a good try," or "That's difficult, but I know you can do it."


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Preserve the memories that make this year special

Give your child the confidence of knowing you think he's special by making him a memory book. Collect his work, photos and awards from school, sports or other activities. In the spring, lay them on the floor in chronological order and let your child choose what he would like to include to remember this school year. Put the items in a scrapbook. If you do it each year, your child will have a collection to be proud of.


Monday, November 20, 2017

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A positive self-image defeats negative stereotypes 

Popular culture offers a lot of negative stereotypes about girls. To counteract them, help your child develop her own ideas about who she is and wants to be. Find ways for her to explore her strengths and talents. To inspire her confidence in her own abilities, resist providing ready answers. If she is stuck on a problem or question, direct her to resources she can use to find the solution herself.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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Nothing beats reading for relaxation

Even if you can't volunteer at school, you can play an active role in your child's education. One of the best ways is by encouraging your child to read for fun and relaxation. Limit TV time and offer reading as a replacement. The first two weeks may be hard, but it will get easier. Work your way up to choosing one day each week when the TV is not on at all. Spend time as a family that day reading for pleasure.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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Reach out to the teacher when problems arise

By this time of year, you are probably aware of any issues your child has at school. But you may not always know how to address them. You don't have to do it alone. Your child's teacher is ready to help. Ask to meet for a conference. Share your concerns and ask what the teacher has observed. Discuss what you and the school can do to help. Meet again as needed. Never give up on your child.


Thursday, November 23, 2017

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Celebrate holidays with a word game

Learning can be a key ingredient of holiday fun. Entertain your child (and the rest of the family, too) with this age-old game. Pass out pencils and paper and ask people to make as many words as they can from the word "celebration." Or try a hands-on variation: Spell out a word with Scrabble tiles (or cardboard tiles you make yourself), and let your child rearrange the letters into new words.


Friday, November 24, 2017

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Parents make terrific 'study buddies'

Having a "study buddy"—someone by their side as they work—can help children learn. To be a positive study buddy for your child, help him organize information for a report or use flash cards to study for a test. Listen as he reads aloud, and make sure he understands homework instructions. Whenever possible, notice and compliment his efforts and small improvements.


Saturday, November 25, 2017

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A 'homework' box occupies young minds

You've set a regular study time each evening. There's just one problem: Your child's younger sibling has nothing to occupy her time. The solution? Fill a "homework" box with items for activities she can do on her own, such as drawing or putting together puzzles. Your preschooler will get in the habit of doing "homework" before she gets to elementary school, and your older child will have peace and quiet while studying.


Sunday, November 26, 2017

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A 'tall-tale' challenge unlocks imagination

Here's a way to add variety to your bedtime reading routine. Sometimes, instead of reading a book, challenge your child to make up the "tallest of tall tales." It can start with "Once upon a time," but then his imagination should take over. His friends can appear as characters, and events from school can feature in a tale. You may learn something about what your child thinks is funny or important.


 Monday, October 9, 2017

A family schedule helps kids know what to do

Are you tired of reminding your child when to do what? Post a schedule the whole family can live by. List mealtimes, snack times, homework time, chore times and bedtimes. Use a different color of ink for each family member. If your child wants to do something that's not part of the routine, she should check the schedule first to make sure that she has finished everything she needs to do.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Reinforce the link between effort and results

Parents know that getting their children to do their best on schoolwork is often a tough task. To motivate your child, treat school as his job. Set time aside to talk about it, and listen, every day. Help him understand that his efforts affect his results. When he receives a grade, ask, "Do you think this is a grade you deserve? Why or why not?" Discuss things he did that worked, and what he could do differently.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Arrange an 'encouragement bouquet'

Students need encouragement to be confident and succeed in school. An "encouragement bouquet" is a fun way to remind your family to support one another. Put a vase in the middle of the table. With your child, attach paper cutout "flowers" to drinking straw "stems." Whenever a family member receives a compliment or word of encouragement, put a flower in the vase. The bouquet will be something special.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Prepare for a productive parent-teacher conference

Before you go to your parent-teacher conference, ask your child which subjects she likes best and least and why. Ask if she has any concerns. Then, make a list things you want to discuss with the teacher, such as your child's strengths and interests, any changes at home, and your concerns or questions about your child's progress. A little preparation will help ensure that you cover the things that matter most.


Friday, October 13, 2017

Could your child have a learning disability?

Children sometimes struggle in school with undiagnosed learning disabilities. Some of the signs that a child might have a learning disability include: disorganization; distractibility and poor attention span; overreaction to noise; poor eye-hand coordination; lack of enjoyment in being read to; inability to follow directions; and limited vocabulary. If you see signs that concern you, discuss them with your child's teacher.


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Flash cards are useful for much more than math

Flash cards are an effective tool for helping children learn. Many kids use them for math facts. But flash cards are also great for learning new reading or science vocabulary words, as well as names, events and dates in social studies. Saying the words or facts on the cards out loud helps kids memorize, while drilling with them reinforces knowledge by making kids recall what they know.


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Ask questions to help your child find the answers

Your child is doing homework and he's stuck. How can you help him solve the problem without doing it for him? Get your child talking. Ask him to tell you what he knows about this type of problem. Then have him explain what he's done so far. Has he done any problems like this before? Often children will suddenly say, "Oh, I see. I divided when I should have multiplied."

Monday, September 25, 2017
To encourage reading, take turns

If your child is just starting to read, encourage her by playing "I Read, You Read." Choose a book your child can read. You read a sentence aloud, then have your child read it back to you. You can also read all but the last word in a sentence and have your child supply the missing word. As her reading skills improve, try reading one page and having your child read the next.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Everyone benefits when you volunteer at school

Parents who volunteer in their child's classroom make a difference in their child's learning. Volunteering introduces you to the teacher and her methods. This can make it easier for you to help with homework. It also gives your child's self-esteem a boost to see you at school getting involved. And being on campus will give you a bird's-eye view of what's going on and what's coming up.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017
An ordinary bookmark can help your child read smoothly

To help your child improve choppy, disconnected reading, offer him a straight-edged bookmark. When he places the bookmark under a sentence, he'll learn to scan the entire line instead of reading word by word. Don't worry about the bookmark becoming a crutch. When your child no longer needs it, he'll set it aside. Taking it away too soon won't help him.


Thursday, September 28, 2017
Share the day's highlights before turning in

Is your family so busy that it is hard to keep track of one another? Stay connected by gathering each night in a child’s bedroom. Take turns sharing one positive thing from your day. Share a least favorite thing too, if you like. Your family will be able to celebrate the positives together and help one another deal with any tough stuff that comes along.


Friday, September 29, 2017
Explore a new topic in lots of fun ways

One great way to help your child achieve is to help her learn about new topics in interesting ways. Pick a topic, such as wolves. Head to the library. Together, look up all the books and periodicals you can find on wolves. Then branch out. Is there a zoo with wolves you can visit? Can you find maps online that show where they live, or videos about them? By working with your child, you can make sure learning is fun.


Saturday, September 30, 2017
Connect with neighbors to benefit kids

Kids need family and friends to support them. It's worth the time to get acquainted with other adults, teens and children in your community. To begin, get to know the names of the other kids in your neighborhood. Greet them by name. Introduce yourself to their parents, and work with them to provide a caring group of adults for all the neighborhood kids. Try organizing a picnic or other social event to bring people together.


Sunday, October 1, 2017
Is studying to music OK? It depends on your child

Do you argue with your child about listening to music during homework time? Parents often insist on quiet, while kids say they learn just as much with music on. Who's right? Let your child's progress be your guide. Does he listen to music and still get great grades? Soft, slow music is probably OK. But if his grades are poor, turn off the tunes. They may very well be distracting him.


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Monday, August 14, 2017
Clear, consistent rules encourage self-discipline

Children develop self-discipline when they have a clear set of rules to stick to. When parents enforce the rules, children may grumble, but they are usually relieved. Make your rules and expectations clear to your child, then be sure to praise her when she lives up to them. Point out ways she benefits from following the rules. And as she proves she can handle responsibility, give her more freedom.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017
A study scorecard keeps track of goals

Now is the perfect time to sit down with your child and agree on some broad goals for the new school year. Does he need to beef up his math skills? What new things does he want to learn? To motivate your child, make a goal scorecard: Have him list on a chart what he will do each marking period to accomplish his goals. Then add rewards your child will earn for completing each of his objectives.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017
For a literacy feast, hunt for letters in the kitchen

Younger children often want to spend time in the kitchen with parents. Here's a game that will sharpen your child's observation skills and help with reading, all while you fix dinner. Ask your child to find five A's, F's or M's. She can look on soup cans, the cat food or even the soap. Once finding letters becomes easy for your child, move on to letter combinations or words.


Thursday, August 17, 2017
Use commercials to teach the powers of persuasion

When you watch a TV program with your child, give the advertisements some attention, too. Talk with your child about the words advertisers use to get viewers to buy things. Then, challenge him to make a commercial for one of his favorite books. What points would he make? How will he convince people to stay tuned? Have him practice his ad so he can sell his book to the entire family the next time you watch TV.


Friday, August 18, 2017
Sneak some science into your conversation

You'd probably be met with a groan if you said, "Let's talk about science" to your child. To bring the subject up more naturally, notice the moon and stars. Ask your child what she can tell you about the current shape of the moon. Or talk about the food you eat. Can she tell you why it's important to eat vegetables, or what protein does? Talk about her gadgets, too. How does she think technology influences her life?


Saturday, August 19, 2017
Teach your child the best way to make friends

The best way for a child to make friends is to look for other kids who are seeking friendships, too. Encourage your child to look for signs of openness, such as smiling or making room for someone to sit down. Suggest that he ask questions to show signs of interest. "I always see you with that case. What instrument do you play?" And remind him to take it slow. New friendships take time to grow.


Sunday, August 20, 2017
The honest truth is worth the effort

You want your child to avoid stretching the truth and cheating in school. To encourage honesty, catch her being honest and praise her for telling the truth. Even if you don't like what you hear, never overreact or punish your child when she is being honest with you. Give her plenty of chances to be honest, too. If you doubt her, say, "I'm having a hard time believing you right now," and allow her to rethink.