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:

If you want your child to have good health habits, you need to set a good example. You can't expect her to snack on fruits if you're scarfing down candy and cookies. Your advice will carry a lot more weight if she can see you putting it into practice and reaping the benefits. Instilling healthy habits in your child at a young age will set her on the right path for the rest of her life.
Reframing is a technique that can be helpful to parents dealing with children who are exhibiting negative behavior. It involves viewing a child's negative actions or thoughts in a different way and helping the child do the same.Reframing is said to be a "simple but powerful tool" that strengthened parent-child relationships. By reframing thoughts from negative to positive, parents can assist their child in improving how he responds to different situations.
If you want to raise a healthy child, you should make this venture a family affair. Teaching your child how to exercise, eat right and adopt certain habits helps develop a strong foundation for your child to build upon. Mindful living creates a happier, healthier home for your child to grow and thrive in.
In a perfect world, your child would behave appropriately because it's the right thing to do; however, in the real world, that is not always the way it works. A reward system provides a win-win for everybody involved, as it gives you options other than punishment, and your child takes pride in achieving goals. The world is based on a reward system. Paychecks, good grades and Olympic medals all provide rewards for a job well done. Rewarding your child for positive behavior helps him learn that what he achieves in life is within his control.
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