Learning has never been a one-size-fits-all experience for children. Between myriad teaching styles and the many ways kids take in and process information, there’s endless opportunity for the gap between getting it and not getting it to widen.
Parenting Our Children
When is a little white lie okay – and when does it do more damage than good? Is fibbing fine when your child’s pet goldfish floats to the top of the tank? Or will a story about Goldie “retiring” to a lake at the park affect the trust your child has in you when they later find out the truth?
What happens when your child comes home crying because their classmate told them there’s no Santa? And how do you answer a 4-year-old who wants to know where babies come from? The truth of the matter is, what your kids are asking isn’t always so obvious.
Encouraging your child to say “thank you” – whether it’s with a card, phone call or other heartfelt gesture – is a critical social skill that will serve them well not just during the holidays, but also throughout their life.
A trip to the dentist can be anxiety-provoking for kids, especially if they’re not prepared for what happens during an exam or routine dental work. But addressing their fears early on can pave the way to a lifetime of good oral hygiene.
When you’ve done all you can to help your child, educational resources in your community and online – many of them free – can provide the expertise they need. Consider these options:
It’s not uncommon for kids to lose steam when it comes to keeping up with their homework, so if your child is struggling, don’t despair.
Seasonal celebrations can be fraught with tension, as we’re flooded with idealized images of family gatherings that seem so unlike our own. Past issues, too, often come back to haunt the season like uninvited guests.