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:

When children demonstrate inappropriate behavior, parents seek to change the behavior through disciplinary strategies. The disciplinary strategies chosen influence whether the behavior returns, and how children feel about themselves. Children and parents benefit when children receive an incentive to demonstrate positive behavior, and learn acceptable replacement behaviors for unacceptable actions. Parents can teach alternate behaviors after investigating the motivation for the problematic behavior.
It doesn't matter if your toddler learned name-calling from watching TV or is imitating unkind words he heard his friends use left unchecked, this can develop into a hard-to-break habit. Less obviously than hitting or kicking, name-calling is a form of bullying. Children also resort to name calling when they feel out of control or hurt. Stopping your toddler from name calling requires skillful parenting and teaching him more appropriate ways to express himself.
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.
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