5 Strategies For Parents; Their Children’s First Teachers
Parents are their children’s first and primary teacher. As the primary teacher of your children, you are responsible for nurturing your children’s healthy development. The following strategies will assist you in providing your children with loving guidance and support:
- Communicate through your actions, words, readings, and by writing. Your preschool children love to sing, talk, and act. All children love to read with their parents and talk about the story, predict, ask clarification questions, and create new adventures with the book’s characters. Your children can enjoy telling stories that are captured through writing and pictures.
- Listen with respect and ask questions for understanding. When listening to your children, ask clarification questions for added information. Ask thoughtful questions to help your children clarify solutions to their problems.
- Give your complete attention each day and engage in playful learning. Children need and relish their parents’ time and attention. Create a playful environment with your children and talk with them during your special times together. Engage them in thoughtful conversations and ask them questions that help them think and problem-solve solutions for everyday situations.
- Advocate for your children’s needs. When your children are struggling, ask for help and acquire the necessary resources to help your children succeed. You do not need to have all the answers. Don’t be embarrassed or ashamed to ask for help when your children are struggling with life or school.
- Set appropriate and consistent boundaries when disciplining your children. Your children feel loved and supported when you work with them in setting limits for misbehavior. Once boundaries are established and defined, it is important for you to consistently reinforce them with respectful guidance.
Finally, reflect and comment on examples of how you successfully help your children as their primary teacher. We will share best practices in future blogs.
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