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The Positive Influence of Being Involved in your Child’s Education + Free Printable Spring Worksheet

It has been shown many times over in research studies that a parent who is involved in their child’s education has a positive impact. It’s reflected in improved grades and test scores, strong attendance, a higher rate of homework completion, higher graduation rates, improved attitudes and behaviors in the child, as well as the child being more likely to become involved in positive extra-curricular activities. Send out the message early in your child’s education that your home is an involved and active supporter of their learning.

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Probably the most important element of a positive learning environment at home is structure. But what is too little or too much?  If we’re too lenient or expect too little, your child may become disorganized or unmotivated. If we’re too rigid and strict, it can cause undue pressure or cause your child to feel unable to deliver on your expectations.

So what’s the best way to meet in the middle and create a positive learning environment for your child at home?  

Help your child develop a work area where they can study and focus without being interrupted. Children usually do better when they have a private study area away from interruption. If your child prefers doing their work at the kitchen table, make sure other family members understand the kitchen is off-limits during study time.  Make sure your child has plenty of supplies and reference materials available and that the area has plenty of light. Regardless of its location, ensure the area is quiet and that your child can study and work uninterrupted.

adorable-little-girl-with-glasses-getting-stressed-out_53876-63179Agree on a regular time for studying. To help your child make homework a habit, schedule a set time each day for homework. Perhaps breaking study time up into smaller increments would work better for your child than one solid period. Work with your child to find out what works best for them. In addition, be sure your child has a sufficient break between the time they arrive home from school before they sit down to work in order to ‘decompress’ from their school day.

 

Help your child develop a method of keeping track of homework assignments. This can be a difficult chore for some students. Developing a successful way of keeping track of assignments then scratching them off as completed helps them develop a productive method for accomplishing tasks later in life.

Develop a positive line of communication with your child’s teacher.  Teachers are usually very willing and excited to work with an involved parent to help the child’s overall success in school.  Whether it’s notes sent back and forth in your child’s backpack or an e-mail correspondence, make sure your teacher knows your open for suggestions as how to better assist them in the homework and study process at home.


You can download free printable spring matching worksheet here

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You can also download worksheet answers here 

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Knowing, Accepting, and Dealing with Your Toddler’s Temperament

Why does it matter to know your toddler’s temperament? Basically, your toddler’s temperament can affect your daily parenting journey and the future life of your little one. Your child’s temperament is her own unique character that determines the way that she interacts with her surroundings, the people around her, and the various circumstances that happen on a daily basis.

In this post, we will discuss the different ways on how we can discover our children’s temperament so that we can easily accept and deal with their unique characters.

Knowing Your Toddler’s Temperament

Some child researchers have provided three categories for determining our children’s temperament. Here are the three general categories:

1. Easy or Flexible Temperament  

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These children are usually happy and calm. They can easily adapt to certain routines such as regular sleeping schedules and good eating habits.

 

2. Active or Fiesty Temperament

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These children do not usually thrive in routines. They do not feel comfortable with people whom they’ve met for the first time. They also feel uneasy when exposed to noisy environments and react strongly to certain events.

 

3. Slow to Warm or Cautious Temperament

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Children who exhibit this kind of temperament usually react strangely to new circumstances. They don’t seem to be welcoming of new environments and new practices. They need repeated exposure in order to normalize their interactions.

But remember!!! Not all children may perfectly fall under one category. Your child may exhibit attitudes that cross different categories, and that is definitely not a cause for concern. That only validates the reality that each child is dynamic and unique. Let these categorizations only serve as your guide when determining your parenting style and techniques.

So how will you be able to identify your child’s temperament? Consider these points:

  1. Observe how your child reacts to certain events and circumstances.
  2. Check her attention span.
  3. See her focus.
  4. Look at her mood.
  5. Evaluate her adaptability to certain routines.
  6. Check her interaction with different types of people.

Once you have gotten an idea about your toddler’s temperament, it is important to remember that you can never force her to change into moving from one temperament to another. There is definitely no hierarchy in these categorizations.

Accepting Your Toddler’s Temperament and Dealing with It

Your child’s traits are uniquely hers. Even when she seems to be entirely different from you, you just got to accept the fact that your toddler is a unique human being with a potential to use her own traits to conquer future life challenges and develop her own skills.

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Despite the fact that temperament is inherently in your child’s personality, you also have to know that you can influence her behavior and reactions. If your toddler seems to be uncomfortable with new faces, you can actually make an effort of bringing her more frequently to social events like children’s parties, friends’ reunions, and even in playgroup classes. If your toddler seems to be having difficulty in following a strict sleeping schedule, then you can simply be more intentional in following schedules and consistent in using techniques for daytime naps and night sleeping.

Dealing with your child’s temperament requires respect, acceptance, and patience. The way that you interact with one child may not necessarily be the same with the methods used for her siblings. You can use different strategies to inculcate family values, cultural principles, and certain behavioral traits that you’d like your child to be influenced with.


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4 Beautiful Reasons Why Tantrums Are Not At All Bad

We surely don’t want to be trapped in a dreadful situation when our toddlers cry heavily, scream their hearts out, and lie down kicking on the floor in the middle of a solemn celebration or in the midst of happy social gatherings. But tantrums can just happen anytime most especially during the most unpredictable moments.

Despite the dread characterizing tantrums, I urge you to see the positive side of this seemingly uncontrollable behavior. Here are some of the most beautiful reasons why you should accept the normalcy of tantrums:

1. Tantrums relieve your children’s emotional stress.

What do you feel when you are harboring resentment in your heart? How heavy does your soul become? By knowing how toxic containing our emotions can be, then we can better accept the need for our children’s cries.

These little kids need to have an avenue for venting out their emotions. When we force to stop them from telling us that they are extremely upset or discouraged, then we also allow the further growth of stress hormones in their system. Tantrums are our children’s way of showing that their immature hearts cannot contain the sadness that they feel.

2. Tantrums make your children normal human beings.

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Do you agree that we live in a sometimes cruel world? Most people expect us to be happy at all times and behaving at our best even when situations are terrible and awful. Some parents are even shamed and criticized for dealing with stressful situations in a manner that deviates from society’s high expectations.

Tantrums only prove that our children are normal human beings – they can lose their cool, they can be overly sad, they can feel rejected, they can be disappointed, and they can show how they are without being constrained by what other people could think of them.

3. Tantrums let your children accept boundaries and manage rejections.

If you managed to not buy everything that your children asked you to buy at the mall, then congratulations! If you had the courage to get the handful of candies and chocolates from your kids, then great! You are doing the right thing as a parent.

Most children throw tantrums because of certain triggers such as not having what they want or being stopped from particular activities. Since they haven’t developed to their full maturity yet, we can expect that tantrums could be their means to overcome rejections.

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When your children throw tantrums because of these reasons, resist the urge to suddenly change your mind. Don’t give in to their demands. Instead, allow them to cry but offer a soothing embrace. This will soon let them know that throwing tantrums is not the answer to their disappointments.

4. Tantrums give you a parenting challenge.

Challenges are nice to have from time to time. But what’s good in dealing with tantrums is that it tests your patience and stimulates your empathy towards your children. But with every circumstance, you have the responsibility to rise up victorious from all challenges. And victory is not measured when your child stops from crying. Victory is determined by how you dealt with the problem and how you were able to show your love even during the most stressful situations.


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Get Involved in your Child’s Activities, Hobbies and School

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It’s probably no secret that children who have involved parents are more happy, healthy, and well-adjusted and excel at their educational and extracurricular pursuits.  It can increase their cognitive development, keeps them motivated, strengthens the parent-child relationship, and has a direct positive influence on their overall academic achievement.  In turn, it can also help parents achieve a positive outlook on their parenting, increase their own self confidence and self esteem, and will most likely feel more satisfied with their child’s educational experience at school.

But where do you get involved?  

With today’s busy schedules between home, work, and school, it may feel that the average family has very little quality time to offer.  However, different options and levels of commitment are available to fit every parent’s availability, and with some careful planning and dedication, you can make it a positive experience for both yourself and your child.

First of all, discover what your child is most passionate about.  Maybe you’ve thought about volunteering for the school bake sale to raise money, but your child is actually more actively involved in her local Girl Scouts troop.   If that’s the case, then get together with the other Girl Scout parents and see what you can contribute to help the troop.  Maybe you could organize a bake sale to benefit their next summer outing.

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It’s also important to consider what skills, talents and abilities you can bring to the table.  Maybe your child’s school is in desperate need of your help organizing a fundraiser, but your skills in sewing and designing might better serve the school if you were to help in making the costumes for the school play.  Remember, you want this to be a positive experience for both of you, and if your child senses that you’re not happy with what you’ve chosen to become involved in, then they likely will not be happy as well.

But the bottom line is get involved and stay involved.  Children of involved parents are less likely to get into mischief, have emotional problems, or have problems in school. 

You benefit by connecting with and staying connected to your child.  It’s a win-win situation for you both.


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