Ministry of Education, Guyana

Parenting Tips

pt-20130924-2Having a child go off to Nursery school is always marked by joy that your baby is growing up and going on to bigger and better things; and marred by sadness that your baby is growing up and going on to bigger and better things! The best way to ease the transition to school is by doing some “homework” of your own to make yourself and your little scholar ready for the first day of “BIG school”.

In this section, we will look at four (4) important areas where you can help yourself and your child be best prepared for nursery school and a lifetime of success. These areas are:

As your children move from childhood to adolescence, they grow socially and emotionally in a natural way. As a parent, learning about children’s needs and taking a proactive stance can help your child form strong friendships and learn to process his emotions in healthy ways. One way to encourage positive development is to pay attention to your child’s interactions with others and his emotional responses to stress. If you notice anything that concerns you, address these issues right away. This can ensure that your children develop in the healthiest way possible.
When your toddler bites or hits another child, you'll likely feel shocked and confused. After all, if your child is aggressive, you've probably done something wrong. Actually, biting and hitting are completely age-appropriate behaviors for toddlers. At the same time, parents do need to teach children how to deal with their frustration or anger in a less physical way.
You waited with anticipation to hear your child's first words, but now your toddler has some language that you don't want to hear. The longer you wait to put the brakes on your toddler's back talk, the harder the process becomes. Halting sass takes cooperation from parents and children. Modifying behavior also requires calm discussions about the situations when the sass happens, and then moving forward to make important communication changes.
Raising a healthy, emotionally balanced child isn’t about shielding him from negative feelings and situations; it’s about showing him how to label, talk about and appropriately express, or deal with, a wide range of emotions when they arise. If you want to teach your child how to express his feelings, you can use daily life and some learning materials to help him develop these skills. Demonstrating trust, respect, effective communication and healthy coping skills will help your child build a strong emotional foundation.
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