Children Love to Learn
Children do best when they know what to expect.
In the morning:
Read at bedtime. This helps your child:
This is a great way to spend time together and share family traditions, while also teaching good eating habits and table manners.
Take Time to Talk and ListenChildren feel important when adults take the time to talk with them. Talking often, and about many things, helps them gain self-confidence. Ask about friendships and the activities that your child enjoys. Talk about your own best and worst experiences.
Ask your child:
Assign ResponsibilityWhen young children copy everyday household tasks, they are really learning how to contribute. With your support, tasks will soon be done with few reminders. As children grow older, they can begin to take on real responsibilities, such as:
Encourage Independence in Bathing and DressingAt first, this may take a little more time than helping your child get dressed or take a bath, but
it is time well spent. Independence comes with practice, and with your guidance.
If you get the clothes ready the night before, the morning routine will involve only getting dressed. This way, your child can focus on just one thing. Your child may need to be reminded of all the steps.
“You did a great job getting yourself ready for school today!”
Teach Simple Rules About Safety with AdultsKeeping children safe is an important job for parents. You want your child to respect and trust others, but you also need to teach your child to be careful. Following are some simple rules and ways that you can start a conversation with your child about different safety issues.