POWER OF PARENTING
Learning to read and write is important for school success, but so are respect and responsibility. Teach these character traits at home, and your child will be more likely to use them when s/he is at school.
Listening quietly when a teacher or classmate is talking shows respect. At home, have family members take turns speaking and listening. If a someone interrupts your child say, “Luke is talking. I’ll listen to you when he is finished.”
♥ Tip: When your child acts respectfully, let him/her know that you appreciate it. “Thank you for waiting quietly while I was talking to my friend on the phone.”
At School, your child will be expected to take care of his/her belongings and finish classroom work. At home, choose a spot where s/he can put a backpack and jacket after school. Give them ways to help around the house, such as emptying the bathroom trash can or setting the table.
♥ Tip: Offer gentle reminders. Instead of, “Put the caps on the markers!” try, “You’ve finished coloring. What’s next?”