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:

Getting your child to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet is important though sometimes difficult. As a parent, you can support your child's growth and development by teaching her about food and nutrition from an early age. Make healthy eating part of your daily routine, and incorporate fun as much as possible. In combination with regular physical activity, good nutrition is a key to living an overall healthy lifestyle.
Teaching your children how to effectively solve conflicts is an important skill that can last a lifetime. Children engage in conflict for many reasons. For example, conflict may occur when children disagree about who won a race in gym class or when other children won't share their toys. When children cannot solve conflicts, their behavior can escalate into physical or verbal aggression or cause serious emotional problems, like intense anger or anxiety. As a parent, you play an important role in teaching and modeling appropriate conflict-resolution skills.
It’s no secret to you that good nutrition is a prerequisite for healthy growth and development, but inspiring your child to eat healthy foods may leave you puzzled and frustrated. Roadblocks seem to appear at every turn for parents who work to encourage their child to eat healthy. If your child is a picky eater, coaxing her to eat may present a daily challenge. Many children exhibit an insatiable sweet tooth, and peer pressure and television commercials may make it more difficult for parents to counter these childhood impulses. Concerned parents can make choices that encourage their child to eat…
Children can act out in distracting, destructive or even dangerous ways. Parents have the task of shaping each child’s life. Sometimes, the constant refrain of “Stop it,” or “Don’t do that,” wears on both the child and the parent’s nerves. But there are more ways to help the child change her own behavior than simply nagging. Parents can encourage positive behavior out of the negative actions. This has the advantage of teaching the child self-control, rather than parental control.
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