Our children need some direction on clothing choices and how to dress appropriately. When our elementary aged children start school, they may want to copy the clothing choices around them, or they want to wear their favorite shirt every single day for a month. Sometimes they want to wear the lime green boots with the orange sweater they got for Halloween last year. As parents, we may have expectations about dress that are not necessarily conducive to supporting the unique personalities of our children. Thus, there are often intense arguments over what to wear or not to wear that can be stressful for all involved.
Telling the truth is vital to building trusting relationships. Therefore, teaching your child to tell the truth is important for character development. There are many stories on the importance of telling the truth available online or at your local library. You can share these stories at bedtime with your child and discuss the questions below to teach about being trustworthy with our word.
Respect is so important for kids to learn and display. Modeling this in your home is a wonderful way to show kids what it looks and sounds like. Sometimes it can help to have an image that stands for an idealistic trait or expectation. So, sit down with your children and find images online or around you that shows respect. Then create a scrapbook of respect that visually captures the term respect.
Children build resilience when they experience emotions and learn how to manage them in a positive way. Families can promote resilience by teaching your child how to recognize emotions and their bodies response to emotions. Then teach your child strategies to help manage emotions, so they can build trust in their response and surroundings.
Fairness is a hard concept sometimes because not everything in life is fair. Therefore, teaching your children how and win to be fair can be tricky. Thus, use the wisdom from sage sayings to discuss fairness and to recognize when you model it and when it is lacking.
Mission statements help us to know who we are and what we stand for. Businesses and districts have mission statements that let their clients and community know about their focus and goals. See the companies below and ask your child what each business values based on the mission statement.
Are you tired of the fighting between your children? Do you deal with tantrums and yelling because they will not share or do not want to do help each other with chores? Conflict is a normal element of parenting and of life; however, conflict resolution does not just happen naturally. As parents, we must guide and coach our children to exhibit the behaviors to help them navigate relationship conflicts. There are three things you can do at home to help your children work better together and to help them navigate conflict.
When the warm, lazy days of summer are over it is time to get back to an actual bedtime. Transitioning from a summer schedule to a school routine can be challenging. Getting back into a normal sleep pattern is often the most difficult. However, it is also so important for learning. Research says that sleep deprivation can impair cognitive function, slower processing speeds, and a lack of focus. These are all things that will cause difficulty especially in a school setting. Here are some tips you can use to help families respect their bodies and brains by getting proper rest.