The Art of Parenting

You probably know by now that as parents, you have embraced a work of love and responsibility in raising your children. And, as your children grow and develop, your parenting skills need to expand right along with them.

As your children grow into early childhood, their world will begin to open up. They will become more independent, and will begin to focus more on adults and children outside the family.

It is important to understand their behavior and respond in a way that fosters deep, loving connections – while helping them to become resilient, responsible and successful. Sometimes it may seem daunting, and you may appreciate guidance.

On Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 6:30 pm, Sandi Schwartz, from Leading Edge Parenting, will be at Anne Sullivan School to give a parenting class. (More details will be available soon.)

Meanwhile, here are some positive general parenting tips for you to try, if you haven’t already:

Continue to read to your child. Nurture his/her love for books by taking her to the library or bookstore.

Let your child help with simple chores.

Encourage your child to play with other children. This helps him to learn the value of sharing and friendship.

Be clear and consistent when teaching and guiding your child’s behavior. Explain and show the behavior that you expect from her. Whenever you say no, follow up with what he should be doing instead.

Help your child develop good language skills by speaking to him in complete sentences and using “grown up” words. Help him to use the correct words and phrases.

Give your child a limited number of simple, acceptable choices (for example, deciding what to wear, when to play, and what to eat for snack).

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