Following is a list of ways parents can help their children succeed in school.
- Talk, sing, and read to your baby regularly right from the beginning.
- Attend to your baby’s needs. Crying is their only form of communication; it is essential to respond quickly and with gentle care. This builds a foundation of trust that allows your child to feel the world is a safe and loving place.
- Provide safe simple toys such as colorful books, blocks, puzzles, balls, and dolls.
- Ensure your child plenty of opportunities for pretend play.
- For preschoolers, keep crayons, pencils, paints and paper available and encourage your child to write, draw and express themselves through art.
- Be sure that your child gets regular health check-ups including recommended immunizations.
- Encourage your child to try new things including foods.
- Take your child along on errands and teach them about the world around them.
- Permit your child to play out of doors. Let them experience different environments, seasons, plants, animals, and nature’s beauty.
- Allow your child acceptable choices. “Would you rather have an apple or banana for snack?”
- Let your child dress and feed themselves, help with simple housework, and practice hygiene routines such as using the potty, brushing their teeth and hair, and washing up.
- Resist doing for a child what they can do for themselves.
- Give your child opportunities to play with other children.
Teach Social Skills:
- Help your child learn skills such as cooperation, problem solving, and bargaining. The best way to do this is through practice and example.
- Start early and continue to encourage manners, kindness, and respect for others.
Set Routines and Limits:
- Children thrive on routines. They feel more secure when they know what to expect. As often as possible have the evening meal at the same time each day. Develop a workable bedtime routine. This helps your child settle down and creates a time of peace free of conflict.
- Set limits appropriate for your child’s age. Be clear about what behaviors are acceptable or unacceptable.
- Use logical consequences for misbehavior. If a toy is misused, put it away for a time. If a mess is made expect help in cleaning up.
- Help your child develop self-control. Validate their emotions and explain the correct way to express them. Look for, acknowledge, and reward appropriate behaviors.
Be consistent! When you give in to misbehavior, negative patterns such as tantrums and whining develop. However, if you respond consistently, even when you are tired or busy, it will pay off with less conflict later.